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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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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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A wonderful family outing during track out schedules, family weekends, live experimenting and reasonably priced lunches.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Raleigh, North Dakota
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Raleigh, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful family outing during track out schedules, family weekends, live experimenting and reasonably priced lunches.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very nice way to spend 2-3 hours. On some weekends they have special exhibits which is nice if you have already been to the museum a few times. The museum is free as well.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Superb Museum of Natural History, incredibly bright and airy, perfect for families, wonderful displays of nature................don't miss the whale skeletons, or the mega dino skeleton in it's own room.............. I spent an hour in here, to do it justice I'd have needed closer to 3 or even 4 hours

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great science museum, actually 2 museums connected by a sky walk. with a newer building focusing on research. The older building is a more traditional science museum. Plenty of hands on activities for the kids. Best of all, it's free.

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Thank dizneeboi
Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science is filled with so many displays, it can be a tad overwhelming. It's amazing what and how much the staff has collected. This museum is well worth one's time!

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Thank Rita H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Upon arrival looked up and fossils hanging from ceiling very cool ! Real nice live reptiles exhibit !

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see and do while there! Ot is also free, free, free! Cant beat free! Staff is so nice. It truly was an educational experience for all of us.

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I recently visited this museum. Everything from the whales skeletons (including a blue whale!) hanging from the ceiling, to the educational displays about North Carolina's regions and habitats to the Wral Weather Center where you can make your own forecast, this place has something of interest for all ages. Did you know that Blue Whales have so... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Without a doubt one of my children's favorite places to go. My youngest nicknamed it the boo boo dinosaur museum. There is no charge and something for everyone. And aquarium section, and North Carolina wildlife section, a dinosaur section, a butterfly sanctuary section, and insect and snake section and a café as well. And considering there's no charge for all... More 

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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect size for teens and younger. Free, well designed, informative and interactive. Adjacent to the history museum and capital area--great day trip.

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