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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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12:00 pm - 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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Came for an exhibit, stayed to see the rest of the museum!

I really love this museum. There are so many different types of exhibits that almost anyone could find something they're interested in! I came to see the World's Largest Dinosaur... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I really love this museum. There are so many different types of exhibits that almost anyone could find something they're interested in! I came to see the World's Largest Dinosaur exhibit (which was excellent) and explored the rest of the museum afterward. The museum was packed, and if you're going without children, I'd avoid the museum on a weekend. Some... More 

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Lake Havasu City, AZ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit. Lots of hands on stuff for young kids and old. There is even a couple restaurants and gift shops.

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Oceanside
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Drove about 3 hours to get to the capital. What was nice is that the museums are all on the same block. So you could spend a day or two visiting. This museum surprised me as it has 4 floors that are nicely planned out. We learned a lot about the wild life here and the staff was super friendly.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

There is something for everyone here. Our kids, ages 4 & 5 love to walk around and even our 17 month old is starting to be interested in some of the things there. We can usually spend at least 2 or 3 hours walking around before they start getting tired. They love the bugs and butterflies. I can't wait to... More 

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Jackson, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Very happy to have visited this museum. It was a spontaneous decision while being at a soccer tournament near Raleigh. The museum has a great layout. Easy parking...and its located in a great area to walk around and check out other spots in Raleigh. Learned alot. had fun. Stress free..

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Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This place was amazing! Free admission and reasonable parking fee/History museum is just next door (also free admission). You will see living stuff (fish and snakes) as well as huge, hanging skeletal exhibits (whales). There's enough variety here so that little kids can enjoy it without having to read all the plaques, but older kids and adults will learn a... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great exhibits, especially the one on dinosaurs. The 3D theater offered a wonderful, short film on bugs and many more on various subjects such as dinosaurs and sharks. We visited on a high school science fair day, so my daughter got to see budding scientists talk about their various science and engineering projects. The museum cafe offers excellent food at... More 

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Morrisville, NC
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93 reviews 93 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

So I am not a science guy but I do really enjoy going. It is a really nice museum with many different types of exhibits to look at. It is very clean and I love the lay out:)

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Greensboro, NC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I love the fact that we actually have museums in NC with no admission fee. There's quite a bit to do at the museum. The kids loved 'meet the animals' time. The butterfly conservatory and Discovery place are both closed on Mondays. Overall, I think they need to make room for more areas for creative play, movement and staff led... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There are great displays and real working labs that allow small groups of visitors a hands on experience. Great workshops offered and just the right size museum to spend a day or part of it. Great location to other museums and landmarks in Raleigh.

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