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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 #1 of 68 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I love taking my daughter to the museum its massive. The exhibits are great and definitely worth seeing but; you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the museum.

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Waxhaw
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum with my 4th grader on a school trip. They have a lot of exhibits that reflects the natural landscapes of the three regions of North Carolina. The dinosaur skeletons were a big hit. Kids enjoyed the butterfly exhibit. There are a lot of hands on things for kids to do. I was very impressed that they... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The museum is located downtown right across the street from the state capitol and across a plaza from the NC History Museum. So you have three attractions all within easy walking distance. The museum of natural history is a five story museum. Each floor has exhibits on various features ranging from animals and sealife of NC to replicas of prehistoric... More

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Stoney Creek NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Science Center ia a world class operation and highly accredited . Lots of things for kids and adults including a petting aquarium, zip line over the natural areas where animals live, farm animals, and many more.

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raleigh nc
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Whale bones, live fish, integrated hands-on educational room for children, forests, live butterfly room, - TOP NOTCH display of NC Animals/Mammals/Fish - also new wing for 8+year olds with hands on science! Imax wall full of interesting nature films!! ALL FREE!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

They have exhibits that appeal to kids and adults. You could breeze through here in a couple hours or stay the entire day and really see some cool stuff. The new wing of the museum is amazing. Well worth the free visit!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum has a large array of exhibits to see. Kids will love the dinosaur exhibits. I thought the massive whale skeletons were especially interesting to see up close. I also enjoyed the reptile exhibit, which features live venomous snakes native to North Carolina.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you haven't been, you should visit this museum - either with or without children. Their is also a good restaurant on site as well as a gift shop with unusual finds. The museum also hosts birthday parties - since our daughter's birthday is in August we are always looking for cool places to have her birthday party. The museum... More

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north carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing place for kids of all ages and the best 3-4ish birthday venue I've ever been to. A great place to go anytime since it's free but especially great on a rainy day.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My three children and I absolutely LOVE coming to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. We visit a few times a year. It's free, has easy access to parking (free parking on weekends!), and is a lot of fun -- especially when paired with the amazing Nature Research Center wing next door. We watched and talked with real scientists... More

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