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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale...
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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This place is FREE! We were here for 4 hours and could have stayed longer. The food was delicious and affordable. We will definitely be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This place is FREE! We were here for 4 hours and could have stayed longer. The food was delicious and affordable. We will definitely be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This museum is much larger than it appears! The conservatory and butterfly exhibit was my personal favorite.

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Yadkinville
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

FREE! Great exhibits. Plenty to see. Large exhibits rotate. Good gift shop. Coffee shop and cafe in the new building.

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Richmond, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My son had his wedding ceremony in the little theater near the T-Rex. We got to enjoy the many exhibits (some live, some hands on, some cool technicals) while we waited for the ceremony to begin, and the sound and projection systems added a lot of affect to the event. We had sunset on the beach and a starry night... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I am a scientist myself, and found this museum very educational for everyone. The concept of having children see actual scientists though a glass wall is amazing. This promotes science in our society.

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Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I was working in the area for an extended time and needed an outing. Several people had told me about the museum but I was thinking, " A museum in Raleigh - I have been to the Smithsonian" But I was very impressed with the VERY friendly staff (who recommended an awesome local lunch spot), the lay-out of the museum... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The museum of natural sciences in NC is awesome and free! Perfect for taking kids to learn about their state's woodland, ocean climate, and mountain ranges. The only thing I'd like to be better is the theater. When my group & I went to see a 3D showing about space (which cost about 5 dollars), we were expecting more of... More 

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lexington nc
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

A free science museum-lots of fun and something for everyone. When you are in Raleigh you should definitely stop here.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The staff works hard to keep this one fresh for visitors. Dinosoars and great NC ecology dioramas. At times it canbe a peaceful oasis in the middle of Downtown; at others it is overrun by school tours. Nevertheless go.

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What a fantastic interactive museum. Not many towns have something like this, that is free nonetheless. The food cafe there was excellent too.

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