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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919-707-9800
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Ranked #1 of 69 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Science Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on... more » Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on science education and accessible scientists. IMLS National Medal Finalist, 2014. « less
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A great place to visit. Has great walking trails, along with a huge collection of Rodin pieces. And it's FREE! Well worth your time!

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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Museum as usual but many hands on exhibits and activities. Kids loved everything but make time for every science lab! Volunteers and presenters (Vet in the animal care center, etc. ) were all awesome. Traffic flow to many activities are controled so we never seemed rushed or crowded. Weather simulators were fun!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had a rainy Saturday to spend here and it turned out to be the best museum experience ever! A lot of it was designed for kids, but there was so much to take in and such high quality displays that it challenges adults to think too! A lot of interactive displays! Definitely will go back again if I can!... More

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

That this place has received excellent reviews on Trip Advisor is no surprise; it really is fantastic. The exhibits are presented in a very visual and dynamic way that encourages the visitor to interact with them in a meaningful way. There is not the quantity of exhibits on show that you might find in a larger establishment but I've never... More

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Spokane, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Trying to escape the heat, we spend the afternoon at the museum. There are tons of amazing objects to look at and learn about. The whale and dinosaur bones were great, it was a great surprise to learn that the museum extended into another building and more wonderful exhibits were there and an opportunity to actually see scientists working in... More

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Winter Springs, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I loved having a place to spend the morning while visiting The Raleigh area in NC. This is a very nice museum with plenty of parking and hands on exhibits. I visited with 2 teens and they really enjoyed the experience.

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Troon
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place was great for kids, and young people...of which there were a high number (unusual for museums). Topical issues covered. You can see everything pretty quickly though, so you won't have to spend long here. If you need to kill more time, there are other nearby museums though. Free entry.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We walked in and were immediately amazed that this museum was free and had so much to offer. Ended up joining as a member! In addition to a wide variety of exhibits, they also have 3D movies for a fee. Lots of hands on. The café was reasonably priced and had a good selection of sandwiches, salads, and treats. Butterfly... More

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Great time visiting the exhibits. The butterfly conservation was beautiful and the dinosaur models were amazing

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The museum is free, which is fantastic when you are on summer break and need something cheap to do. There a lot of live animals at the zoo, including fish, turtles, snakes, and bugs. The staff is very helpful and the museum is four stories tall with a new division that is very interactive.

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