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Marbles Kids Museum

Address: 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC (Formerly Exploris)
Phone Number: 919-834-4040
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Ranked #5 of 148 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's museums, Science museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative...
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Type: Children's museums, Science museums, History museums, Museums
Owner description: Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. With five galleries and two outdoor escapes, there is no shortage of activity for kids birth to 12 and their families. The campus also features the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum. This 267-seat giant-screen experience is the only 3D capable IMAX theatre in North Carolina.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Marbles is a great, interactive children's museum in downtown Raleigh. You can easily spend the entire day here and your kids won't get bored. The IMAX theater is also right next door. As it's downtown the parking can sometimes be a little hectic but the museum itself is wonderful. In contrast to similar museums in Durham and Greesnboro, most of... More 

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Sanford, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It is a rare occasion that it snows in North Carolina, and yet rarer to have a week off from school. Cooped up with kids all week in freezing temperatures is enough to drive any mom or care giver close to nuts....not to mention the kids (who by this time have surpassed the state of insanity). So, that is where... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Marbles, in downtown Raleigh, is a fantastic place to take children and grandkids, ages 3-8. They have such a wide variety of hands-on activities that it almost helps (but is definitely not essential) to have more than one adult with many kids so they can gravitate to activities that most interests them.....and they will have many, many. If they have... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This place is an excellent type of indoor educational park. There are lots of things for your kids to do and they can stay entertained for hours on end. Why I am giving this place an average rating is based on two issues. 1) My wife got stuck on the elevator with our two children for about 20 minutes. She... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It is a great place to take kids and have them run around. It is a very safe place and there are always good extra activities set for kids on weekends. every year they seem to update some area.

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houston, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

there are different areas to meet the needs of the various ages..lots of hands-on play so engaging that the children don't even realize how much they are learning.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really not much of a museum, this is more of a big playground. It is great for young children and parents that want to get out of the house and socialize, but do not expect much in the way of unique or innovative learning experiences. Location is great in downtown, but parking can be tight if there are other big... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Many things to do - the IMAX is an added bonus. Fair price for admission. Parking can be difficult at times, but there is a parking deck a few blocks away.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to spend an afternoon. The "special" activities just past the lobby are wonderful, and the staff leading them are engaging. Little ones will spend hours at the water station, and my 6 year old loves both the submarine and the art table.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The girls always have a great time. The are so many diffrent places for their imagination to explore.

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