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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
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Ranked #2 of 55 Attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
110 attraction reviews
797 helpful votes 797 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We unfortunately only had an hour to spend in this museum - I wish we'd had much more time because it was very well done. We made it to the dinosaur exhibit and the butterfly room, but there was sooo much more to see. I practically had to drag my husband out. I would make this a top priority when... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

free to enter, nice collection and reasonable prices in the shops. you can see a quick 3-d movie for a nominal fee.

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Wll, okay, if was actually during the day but on certain nights in during the year, the Museum is open. Regardless of when you go, this is a true example of North Carolina's pride and joy - a top level science museum that is the envy of all. Young and old, male and female enjoy the Museum. And, while I... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you've got a few hours to spare - especially for kids as its got dinosaurs !!! I was especially surprised to see that it also has "live" exhibits, so it is really a mixture of museum and zoo. The best thing I can say about this place is that, despite spending half... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

While I was waiting for a business event, I had a couple of hours to stroll through the museum. I had not been since the expansion and I was impressed. Lots of hands on experiences, see through walls to watch the curators and scientists at work, enriched dioramas and lots of scheduled special attractions. A real find on the bridge... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place is so informative, cool, and FREE. It is great for all ages! I love that this is in Raleigh and has so much to offer!

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I went to the museum as part of a social event, but the exhibits of the first floor of the natural research center was open and I visited and read almost all of the displays. It was a great mix of exhibits with regular displays as well as interactive touch screen displays. I would go back again.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

From the hands on exhibits to the wide variety of plant, animal and earth/sky forums there are things to learn and enjoy at many levels. We've been here with adults and with children and all have enjoyed the experience.

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Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Nice, informative, and entertaining museum to go, not only with kids but with adult companions as well. They also have some funny named, delicious smoothies lol.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is by far the best museum in the state of North Carolina. It is massive in scope and first class in its exhibits. No matter your age you will learn amazing things in this amazing museum. It is a must see in the state of North Carolina

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