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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 #2 of 75 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I visited this great museum with my entire family and it was absolutely great! While we were there they had the Titanic exhibit there at it was just such a great immersive experience for us all. The regular exhibits were absolutely wonderful as well. The kids really enjoyed seeing the live animal and, dinosaur exhibits as well. Just an absolutely... More

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Zebulon, North Carolina
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35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We have been sending our niece to summer camps here, and she has learned a lot of science while loving the experience. We also enjoy touring the museum, which has expanded from a very good experience to a fantastic one. Scientists are engaged in research here, and lay persons have opportunities for their own hands-on study. This museum sets the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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143 reviews 143 reviews
56 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Free Admission + Free Parking + Free Events = one of the reasons we bring a ton of our out of town guests here! On this particular Thursday, the museum stays open, which it does every Thursday however they had an author speaking about the Titanic right around the 100th anniversary!! I ended up buying a copy of the book... More

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This Museum was rated by AAA as a Star attraction and it most certainly is. Lots and lots of great displays. Should also be fascinating for children 5 and above.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A have to see museum. New displays all the time. Grand children loved it. The butterfly room was great. good location and the museum of history is right beside it. With sites of downtown Raleigh with in walking distance.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a must for all ages! I volunteer in 2 different areas because I can't decide which is more fun. You can stay as long as you want but plan to make more than one trip. There is so much to do and see. I've been to some parties there too. It makes a nice venue for social or... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Awesome, love the local flavor of this museum. Leans heavily on North Carolina natural sciences. Everything from whales to minerals to birds. There is always a great exhibition running as well.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The architecture of the facility itself is terrific and I enjoy the exhibits. A great place to take children.

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raleigh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I took my grandson and niece both three year olds. I thought it would be fun for them but I think it was too much over their heads. I would hold off until the children are 7-8. They rest of the museum was a fun day out looking around, but again a little bit above the children's age.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Kudos to the state of North Carolina for the very nice Natural Science museum. Although my kids were a little young to enjoy, I had a nice time.

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