Our first visit to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and we took our summer guests (adults and children). We chose to go on a Monday in hopes of avoiding a crowd but didn't realize that meant that so much of the area was either closed (Living Conservatory) or unattended (science labs). The one science lab that was available 'shooed' our party out in under 10 minutes...and not because there was a crowd or others waiting. Dinosaurs in Motion was artistic and but almost the only 'interactive' (minimally) thing in the museum, and hardly worth the price. Many of the exhibits seemed old or tired, and those that should have sparked imagination or questions had no one around or even interested in helping. The most energetic person we met was the restaurant manager in the 'research' building. After driving 2 hours each way, our out of state guests were unimpressed, and we were a little embarrassed; maybe Mondays should not be open to the public at all. And perhaps 'free' isn't the best idea. We are more than happy to pay for quality...and did so when visiting better museums before and after this visit.
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