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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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Great place to go with family

I went with my girlfriend and my parents and we had a good time. They have some massive skeletons that were awesome to see. There are alot of very well put together exhibits and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I went with my girlfriend and my parents and we had a good time. They have some massive skeletons that were awesome to see. There are alot of very well put together exhibits and live fish and animals as well.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

new new building new attractions centered downtown Raleigh. Good parking available close to museum. Great place to eat family lunch on premises. Exhibits show signs of wear and many not working. Labs located on every level for discovery. Good place to beat the heat and all for free.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Checked this museum out while in Raleigh visiting friends. It was free for the general admission and had some interesting information about North Carolina. Good for visitors to learn about the state. Definitely explains the full beauty of the state and it's natural resources.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place for the kids. I always learn something when we go. Make sure you hit all the floors, and they may have the telescope set-up on the roof.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great place for kids. Lots to see and explore. Kids look forward to going back again soon. The people working there are friendly. Place is clean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Loved this museum!! They have a lot of interactive activities for all ages. We spent all day here and it was so much fun. Daily planet cafe has great food at great prices!!!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A must see for anyone visiting Raleigh. This museum is above and beyond anything else the city has. You could spend a day there, but plan on half a day. Oh and it's free!

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Graham, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to take the kids. I have been several times and we always use this as a rainy day get away. Parking and traffic might be a little crazy, but it is well worth the hassle once you are in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

fun for the kids and adults as well, this is a must see and the first place to go while in Raleigh! We loved it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed this trip to the museum of natural sciences. Majestic four storey building. Museum covers the entire history of this planet. The depiction is wonderfully planned & executed. Very educative indeed.

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