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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
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+1 919-707-9800
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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NYE Gala at the Museum

My wife and I had never been to the museum until we booked two tickets to the gala that is held here yearly for New Years Eve. It is a very cool venue for the event and we now... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had never been to the museum until we booked two tickets to the gala that is held here yearly for New Years Eve. It is a very cool venue for the event and we now will be back to check it out during calmer times. But we would recommend it for children for sure!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Raleigh many times and we have visited the Museum several times. The Natural History Museum is very worthwhile for adults and children. The visit is free which is amazing in these times. Take the time and visit! Bruce B.

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

My daughter is home schooled and we love coming here for field trips. There are so many things to explore and do.No two trips are the same. There's also a great gift shop with lots cool gift ideas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great exhibits with something for everyone. Had 4 kids with me ranging from 10-19 and we all had fun and learned something. Recommend allowing at least a few hours to see the highlights. The Jamestown exhibit was excellent and the cafe served restaurant quality food

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to spend a cold winter morning with a couple of kids. The fact that it is free is great when you have younger kids as it doesn't matter how long or short you stay! The labs are worth the extra time.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was very impressed by this museum. It was an ideal destination on a hot summer day. Something for everyone and all ages. Super kid friendly!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hadn't planned on visiting this museum but walked past when exploring the area. We arrived at 4pm so only had an hour until closing. There is so much to see and experience - great for all ages, from toddlers to adults!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't get to see the whole exhibit. There are several buildings. Most of it is FREE which is a plus. The car show was not free. I loved looking at the Italian, Greek, French and Dutch art. I'm a huge fan of the Egyptian art and got to see that at the very end. Each building has a cafe.... More 

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Western North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a few minutes to burn and had my 13 month old with me in a stroller. The facility was easy to move in and had a lot to offer. Not much for children my daughter's age, but she had fun taking it all in. High quality. Definitely will return when she gets older.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...we had called ahead to ensure they were open since the weather was bad (rain from Hurricane Matthew). We had traveled over 2 hours to meet a group of friends. We arrived, entered and were inside 20 minutes before they said there were closing due to a tornado warning. We had to leave and pack up everyone and we headed... More 

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