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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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Two adults in a museum of natural sciences - you bet, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The butterfly exhibit was great. There are interactive areas over two buildings; a nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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181 reviews 181 reviews
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Two adults in a museum of natural sciences - you bet, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The butterfly exhibit was great. There are interactive areas over two buildings; a nice outside walkway to the next building, two cafes serving freshly made food, 3D theatre (extra charge) and enough room to feel uncrowded even when lots of school groups... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

i spent 3 consecutive days here, enjoyed observing the collections, watched real life demos, and talked to friendly staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences not only has some of the best displays, it now has interactive labs in the new wing. In addition to this, they have fresh local foods at the Daily Planet Cafe with local beers on tap! That's my kind of museum!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The museum was expanded a couple of years ago but held on to its intimate feel. The exhibits are easy to follow with concise and clear written markers. The museum is successful in showing the richness of North Carolina's ecosystem, and it offers enough variety to satisfy visitors of all ages. Free admission to a museum is rare these days... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Very nice exhibits on the flora, fauna, and geologic history of North Carolina. Nice display of seacoast & its changes over time.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had some extra time and glad we took advantage of the museum. Can you believe it's free? We happened to be there during the dinosaur exhibit which was a fee, and an event at the museum that was almost like a science fair with interactive booths and tables for you to participate in activities. We were two adults and... More 

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wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is a fantastic museum for all ages. We could not see all of it in the time we had. We could have spent hours there. There are so many fantastic exhibitions of various nature. They use real specimens and multimedia to vary the manner of exhibitions. From huge skeletons, to real fish, butterflies,amphibians. geological exhibits etc... there is much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went here and had a great time. There is so much to do here. The displays are awesome. The animal bones hanging from the ceiling are great. The Dinosaurs were fantastic. We would go over n over again if we lived here,Free to get in you just pay to park.

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Mechnicsville, VA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

A huge museum with some great exhibits. Learned a lot. The whale skeletons were cool. They only ask for a donation of a dollar. I left $5.

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Youngstown, Ohio
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

there are 4 floors of animals, rocks, weather, interactive rooms. everything scientific. it was displayed very well. you will need a good 3 hours.

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