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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 76 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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The Museum of natural Sciences has recently been redone and it a fantastic place to bring kids and grandchildren. If you want to have a little fun, watch the eyes of the young ones as they walk in and see the high ceilings and rooms packed with interesting things.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Since the new addition has been added, this is a really interesting science museum. There are also lots of active labs in the building, giving families a look at the actual practice of science.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Husband and I took a trip to Raleigh and spent a day exploring the museum, we were very impressed by the entire museum. This is a MUST-SEE while in Raleigh, if we lived closer we would take our children all the time, there is so much to see and explore. The displays were very visual, high-end and interest-grabbing. The butterfly... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A wonderful museum of medium size. Took us a couple hours to get through but could have done more or less as we wanted. A wide variety of exhibits to explore. Love the specificity to North Carolina.

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Garner, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

It is filled with interesting things from all areas of North Carolina. You can observe actual scientific work being done by researchers. It is a fascinating museum for both children and adults.

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Marathon, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
38 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Wish I'd had more time in this museum. It's far better than the one in Washington, DC. I could've spent all day in there...and then some. Absolutely fascinating.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It was great, lots to see in terms of exhibits and how it linked to the local environment. Spread over 4 floors it has some amazing specimens of prehistoric animals found in the locale.

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Catonsville
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Most impressive and covered a wide range of topics. Great exhibits and a wide coverage of North Carolina seashores and history

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My jaded teens tried to act like they were having a terrible time but they were reading exhibit facts and asking questions. Small but worth a few hours of a families time.

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Standish, Maine
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I still can not believe the State of NC pay for this museum. This is a must have for any visitor to this area. Excellent for children. Plus, it is FREE to visit.

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