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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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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 way to spend quality time with the kids

Over the holidays we were looking for something to do that would not cost us a fortune to do so. We spent a day at the Museum. The entrance fee was Zero. Free!!! Some of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Over the holidays we were looking for something to do that would not cost us a fortune to do so. We spent a day at the Museum. The entrance fee was Zero. Free!!! Some of the exhibits had a fee associated but the main museum exhibits were free. It was very much a great educational and fun day. It was... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is easily one of the best Natural Sciences Museums in the country. We have been to a lot of museums but this one stands out above the rest. There are plenty of exhibits to keep children and adults entertained. They opened a new wing/building recently that is more oriented towards sciences and the old section does a great job... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The museum was great and had very interesting exhibits. There was no fee for admission, but some of the exhibits required a ticket purchase. It was only a few, however, and it would be very easy to get your fill of the museum without seeing those exhibits. Quite a few of the exhibits seemed to be dedicated for children, which... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a really cool FREE museum. There is something for all age groups and the museum provides a really nice narrative of this region throughout time. If you go during the week you can walk over to the research part of the building and actually watch researchers do their work.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My family and I visited here today while visiting my brother and his family. It was very nice and we all enjoyed it a lot. The kids range from 2 to 7 and they all had a fun time. We are there too and it was very delicious!

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62 reviews 62 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This museum is a treasure in North Carolina. It is modern, accessible with lots to engage the mind and senses. The cafe and coffee bar hosts guest speakers regularly. Make an effort to join in on the fun topics covered in the presentations.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

So, fair warning I have had the luxury of visiting Natural Science and Natural History museums in New York, Washington DC, and Chicago and they are amazing. This museum in Raleigh is good, but if you've been to some other museums it is worth noting that this is North Carolina specific - which doesn't make it any worse, but much... More 

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Lincolnton, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is a "don't miss" museum! Our kids LOVED it and we did too! The new research center wing was really neat, my 7th grade daughter really enjoyed it. My son (in 4th grade) liked the Daily Planet/theater.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We visited the museum over the holiday break. There were great interactive exhibits, a variety of activities, and wonderful guides. We had three kids with us age 2, 8, and 10. They all found activities appropriate for their age and had a great time. We could have stayed a much longer time, but only had 3 hours to spend at... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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27 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I've been here with eight year olds on a couple of class trips and there is enough to keep them interested in for a couple of hours. Not extensive but has a decent variety of exhibits (butterfly room, dinosaur, labs).

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