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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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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fun for kids during the day, great for adults at night

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Rocprotas
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Bath, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum has so many wonderful exhibits and special exhibits! Plan to spend an entire day here. And bonus- admission is FREE!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They had two gift shops. A lot to look at no matter your age. They had some interactive stuff some free some you had to pay for

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun museum for kids and adults alike. Very visually appealing but special exhibits cost extra money :(

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

This museum is a great free day-time activity that is fun and educational for people of all ages! There are tons of exhibits- from live bugs, fish, and snakes to fossils of dinosaurs and whales. There are two separate buildings and one is more interactive than the other. The building we always visit first is more educational and has laboratories... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is a excellent way to spend a fun filled day with your family and friends. It is also free to the public. They have events an shows throughout the day. We highly recommend it as well as for home schooling. We come here about 2-3 times a year.

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Lutz, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits were nice and the front desk reception was pleasant. The staff throughout the museum was very rude to the kids as they walked around properly engaged in the museum (they were not running around or being overly loud). Any time they stopped to read the details of a display, they were harassed by staff even if we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love natural history museums and this one was on point. There's lots to see in two different buildings so you can easily spend a day here just looking at all there is to see. Definitely go to the top floor into the living conservatory, where even in November the butterflies are all around. Many exhibits like that are seasonal... More 

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