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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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Very good museum

We managed to visit during an adjacent street festival which was terrific. Exhibits in the museum are also very well done. We only had a few hours so couldn't do everything, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dillsboro, North Carolina
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Dillsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We managed to visit during an adjacent street festival which was terrific. Exhibits in the museum are also very well done. We only had a few hours so couldn't do everything, but it's a really interesting place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a good science museum. My kids had fun. It is interesting for adults, too. There are a lot of exhibits on the local flora and fauna. It has a nice section on local dinosaurs. The restaurant on the top floor is good.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

plan to spend a whole day here. this is a really great place to bring kids, lots of hands on. check out the butterfly walk thru exhibit.

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Elkton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I stopped here as a midway on our trip to Charleston, SC. We're so glad we did. This museum was amazing! We spent over an hour here and didn't even get to half of the museum. The best part was the live butterfly exhibit. Make sure you go early so you can see the butterflies.

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Thank Brittany J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is amazing! We were there for hours and could have stayed longer. What's even better is the fact that it is free! I recommend a donation, but that's not required. I loved seeing the dinosaur replicas. I highly recommend this place for families.

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Thank Tasha E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent 6 hours there and still didn't see everything. Granted I was by myself so I took my time at every display. The labs looked so interesting and very educational and informative. Definitely worth a couple of visits. And free entrance! This is an amazing experience for that price or a donation of what you can afford. Very good for... More 

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Thank Steve F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Science museum with the family. We spent quite a bit of time looking at a lot of interesting exhibits they had. We enjoyed it

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Thank Emiliano S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a treasure! Come with teens, young ones, parents and friends. You will find discovery for everyone and discussion for all. from the space cadets to the budding Paleontologist, all will find learning and wonderment at the NC Museum of Natural History, and don't forget the annual Bugfest in September.

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Thank Julia D
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We live in Raleigh and are retired. Going to the Natural Science Museum is always a treat. It's so beautiful and full of educational displays. That was the first place we went when our grandchildren visited. One visit to the museum is not enough to see everything. Having the gift shop and restaurant is an added bonus.

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Thank Sara L
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A place you can plan to spend 1/2 to one full day to visit all displays and visit internal activities that are not tied directly to the Museum. Our local ABC news weather station has an area inside the museum that is dedicated to adverse weather that the East Coast experiences throughout the seasons. There is a great gift shop... More 

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