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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
Phone Number: +1 919-707-9800
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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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Top Quality Science Museum

As good as the Smithsonian. Lots of unique exhibits. Very user-friendly and no admission charge! Something good for all ages. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As good as the Smithsonian. Lots of unique exhibits. Very user-friendly and no admission charge! Something good for all ages. Highly recommended.

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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took 14 year old daughter, and we both loved it. They have added new and actual scientific centers of study that you can observe from the glass enclosure they reside in. They will communicate to you what they are doing inside. Very cool. We saw them evaluate a frog's health.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been visiting over 15 years, each time we see something new. Discovery rooms, rolling exhibits, speakers, programs...all top notch. Building maintenance withstands high number of school groups. Best museum in SouthEast!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My grand kids came to visit me and I decided to get out and see the new city since I moved here and never go anywhere. I took them to the Museum and they really enjoyed it. I wish there were more live animals though.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum for both children and adults. Well laid out with space to explore and contemplate. Docents to answer questions and point put unique features. Exploratory natural science room where children get to touch and see real objects.

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Leawood, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent visit to Chapel Hill to see family, we decided to take a day trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences which is located in downtown Raleigh. It had been years since I had been to a Science Museum and my 12-year old had never seen one. So this was the day to get out of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always have a great time and see something new here. So many different exhibits to look at...great for kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My children have enjoyed this museum for several years (from elementary school through middle school) and I have enjoyed it as well. There are displays about the various habitats in North Carolina; from the Coastal Plain, to Piedmont and Mountains. Open on specific days (check schedule!) is a lab where you can look at all kinds of jarred "specimens" of... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While geared primarily towards children, there is plenty to see here as an adult as well. I recommend the genome show in the earth some and the butterfly enclosure. Did I mention it was free? ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great museum. Plan a whole day if you want to get the best of it. The exhibits are very interesting. The best part for us was the interactive science parts. You can actually touch animal skins and feathers, bones and fossils. The staff are happy to provide knowledge and explanation about everything. There are also microscopes, interactive... More 

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