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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We really enjoyed this museum, loved the science experiments the teens got to do. The butterfly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
929tinaz
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Amazing Museum

This museum is wonderful, it is 3 levels of information and great exhibits, and it is Free! The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lovesfood66
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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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11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum, loved the science experiments the teens got to do. The butterfly 🦋 exhibit was beautiful. Loved all the bones of prehistoric animals. This is a must stop for families.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is wonderful, it is 3 levels of information and great exhibits, and it is Free! The exhibits include fish, whales, dinosaurs, solar system, too much to name. We spent 3 hours there, and barely made it through before closing. North Carolina should be...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in to check it out one Sunday morning before we catching a show at PNC. This is a 4.7 on Google, and #1 thing to do in Raleigh for a reason. First off – it’s massive. Second – it’s VERY interactive. Third – it’s...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son does not like Museums. He did like the activities on this one and the room with the taxedermized animals. People here were great taking time to explain things and engage the children. They have a good small collection and lots of explanations on...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has FREE ADMISSION and a small fee for parking of no more than $2.00 for a maximum of 2 hours. We took advantage of the charge station right in front of the museum for our electric car which was awesome. I believe there...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting a friend in Raleigh so my husband took a Lyft do downtown to visit the science museum. He loved it and wants to go back.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to navigate, great exhibits, very informative and FREE! Highly recommend for adults and families with children.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the largest and most creative science museum we have ever seen. And admission is free! The museum is housed in 2 buildings connected by open bridges on floors 2 and 3. It is visually exciting, using large displays, colors, TV monitors, and lights....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Has a lot to see, bring your walking shoes. We thought the staff was very friendly and helpful. Love that it is free.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I just moved here since jan and Ive already been there 2 times. Great museum Very informative easy walking

Date of experience: May 2019
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degayle
March 18, 2019|
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Response from Maria J | Reviewed this property |
You are not allowed to eat your home-brought food in the museum. However, you are allowed to bring your food and eat it on the outdoor Bicentennial Plaza. They have a cafe where you can purchase meals.
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Pamela M
February 4, 2018|
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Response from Oriiah | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9 am to 5 pm.
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August 20, 2017|
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Response from BooBoo4Sure | Reviewed this property |
Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
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