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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 68 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It is a great place to learn and view nature as it is these days all the way back to the dinosaur days. When we went, there were 5 school busses full of small children, so we were worried it was going to ruin our trip, but luckily the museum is big enough we were able to avoid most of... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The fact that this place was free was fantastic, but the best part of this place was the actual learning that occurred. My 6 year old learned about weather, the great white shark, minerals, the North Carolina forests, and many other things. We arrived at 9:45 am and didn't leave until 3:30. Nice cafe also downstairs.

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North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Well done, the museum has wonderful exhibits for the young and the old. This museum rivals the Museum of natural history in Washington DC. Take a day tour the whole museum there's neighboring sites to see also I definitely must see if you're in Raleigh.

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Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Everything about the experience was good .They have went to a lot effort to have something to interest everyone.The littel eating spot there Orbit I think thats the name was also very tasty and reasonable!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is the first time we have seen this museum. Believe it or not, I am a native from this state and I had never heard of this place. When I heard that admission was free, I did not think much at first. I was very surprised! The museum occupies two buildings connected by a breeze way up on the... More

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Senior Contributor
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I love taking my daughter to the museum its massive. The exhibits are great and definitely worth seeing but; you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the museum.

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Waxhaw
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum with my 4th grader on a school trip. They have a lot of exhibits that reflects the natural landscapes of the three regions of North Carolina. The dinosaur skeletons were a big hit. Kids enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. There are a lot of hands on things for kids to do. I was very impressed that they... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The museum is located downtown right across the street from the state capitol and across a plaza from the NC History Museum. So you have three attractions all within easy walking distance. The museum of natural history is a five story museum. Each floor has exhibits on various features ranging from animals and sealife of NC to replicas of prehistoric... More

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Stoney Creek NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Science Center ia a world class operation and highly accredited . Lots of things for kids and adults including a petting aquarium, zip line over the natural areas where animals live, farm animals, and many more.

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raleigh nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Whale bones, live fish, integrated hands-on educational room for children, forests, live butterfly room, - TOP NOTCH display of NC Animals/Mammals/Fish - also new wing for 8+year olds with hands on science! Imax wall full of interesting nature films!! ALL FREE!

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