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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 75 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
63 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We visited with 2 adults, and 18-year old and a 12-year old. Spent the whole day. It was a warm August day - and we popped in (OK... popped in from 800 miles away...). Some keys: - 2 separate buildings connected by a bridge - Lots of hands on activities for the younger set (including computerized fun) - Great sections... More

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Pardeeville
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful museum! There is so much to see, but especially if you have kids they will appreciate it. There were numerous skeletons of animals hung overhead. You can see them from the ground And from other vantage points.There is an area where they can handle natural items and see them up close which makes the experience more memorable.... More

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Lilongwe
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Interesting and informative, for all ages. We only stayed an hour and scratched the surface, but will go back and do more another time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Not only is this a free educational museum, it is a day-full of fun, wonder and exploration!!! I recommend this from young to old. Easy access to each exhibit on every floor. Cafe is available with reasonable prices. There is also the option of paid 3D films. We chose to view one and it was very well made and interesting.... More

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Sumter, South Carolina, United States
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We took a quick trip to check out Raleigh. Our first time in town. Found this museum on tripadvisor and decided to give it a try. Wow!! Beautiful displays and very well laid out. So many things to see and take it. A free museum that is this well put together with so many different things to see and do,... More

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Atlanta,Ga
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Outstanding museum, FREE.... Recently had a few free hours. How could I lose at a free museum!!! Unbelievable exhibits, hands on displays and knowledgeable personnel. I was particularly impressed by 2 office staff! I stopped in to ask for someone to answer some ?s about preying mantis', these 2 ladies answered my ?s and then some! TXS. Will definitely be... More

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is an outstanding museum, one where you could definitely spend most of a day if you visit both buildings. It has eye-pleasing displays and enough information to satisfy adults as well as children. Our frustration was in finding out what is exhibited on each floor of its two buildings. For example, we expected to encounter the well-advertized dinosaur exhibit... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Enjoyed strolling through at our own pace. Like the herb gardens and vegetables outside in the planters. Can't beat the price!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This museum is much more than just a "look and see" place to visit. There are a number of hands-on things for people to do and a host of scientists that work in site of the public, giving explanations and descriptions of their work. The older part of the museum offers a look at WHAT we have learned about nature... More

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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We love to go to the Natural Sciences Museum whether for just a quick visit to a favorite display or to spend several hours exploring. Our recent trips to the Museum have been with a toddler and he really enjoys the larger displays - dinosaurs, whales, natural habitats - as well as the sky bridge over the street. We've also... More

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