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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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Cool and free

Place is huge a lot of information there . They could easily charge for how much stuff there is to do if in town a must

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Place is huge a lot of information there . They could easily charge for how much stuff there is to do if in town a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Love this museum with all the interactive displays. The visiting exhibits are always interesting and fun for the family. The museum has two different rooms where you can really get close and even touch insects and animals.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome museum and it's free. Was surprised to see not very many people going through the museum. Very diverse and the coolest exhibit were the whale bones. Butterfly area was cool. Just an all around neat museum good for any age. They did have a discovery area for little ones but I feel your kid needs to be at least... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is worth the visit. I was there for a business presentation but stayed to wander through this diamond of a museum. If you have family visiting over the holidays, make sure to take or send them to this one!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was pleasantly surprised with this museum. There are loads of different types of exhibits, much of it focused on the Carolinas: fossils, living creatures, taxidermy, minerals, floral and fauna, etc. Perhaps the neatest aspect of this place was a room where, if you are lucky, you may see scientists actively working on fossils: extracting them from dirt, cleaning them,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum has so much things to see, you would enjoyed, personally loved the dinosaur area. It's a big museum and don't forget in the 3rd floor to cross the bridge so you can see the other area of the museum.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Museum was free. They allow you to make a donation if you like. Great for the entire family. Nice gift shops. Cafe was expensive to eat at but clean. Great presentations for butterfly house. Lots of live critters to see. Loved it.

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

The museum has seen many changes over the past 9 years I've been going. They do a lot of fun activities for groups of school kids during the day, with many interactive sessions for visitors of all ages. If you're lucky, you get to see real scientists working behind glass windows. The displays, lectures, and fun night activities for adults... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a blast getting to walk around and see everything from rocks to dinosaurs. Felt like being a kid again. I recommend this for both kids and adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been to this museum several times growing up and always loved going, it has a lot to learn about and a broad range of things to view. Even as a freshman in college I was still able to go and enjoy the special exhibit they had this season- those are worth going to. I can't wait to take... More 

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