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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
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Sun 12:00 pm - 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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Top Notch and State of the Art Museum

We are fortunate to have incredible quality museums here. And you can't beat free! Their newer extension is state of the art and a fantastic place for all ages. They have... read more

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

We are fortunate to have incredible quality museums here. And you can't beat free! Their newer extension is state of the art and a fantastic place for all ages. They have numerous impressive hands on activities for the kids as well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't walk to this museum. RUN to it. There is so much too see and do for the bigs kids and the little kids. We barely scratched the surface and were there for 3 hours. The Flight of the Butterflies in 3D movie was spectacular. Everything was great. You may learn as much as you want to. There is something... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The kids love it here, from the aquariums to the fossils, to the butterfly pavilion. We go at least once a month and rarely if ever visit all the exhibits in one visit - you could spend hours going though everything in both buildings. Also, the connected Daily Planet cafe has great food.

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Richlands, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting museum to visit, with or without kids. It is very educational without being boring. The whale exhibit is amazing. There are skeletons of several species hanging from the ceiling. There are also skeletons of dinosaurs. Plan on 2-4 hours to cover everything.

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Weston, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great start to a museum, but needs to be developed a bit more.Very basic, but they make sure that there are so many things for kids to do.

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

We had to make a trip to Chapel Hill for an emergency situation. While we were there we took our three year old to the Museum for the day. It just happened to be "Darwin Day." What a treat. We really enjoyed the museum and really enjoyed all the guest visitors that were there to do activities with the children.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son loved the museum - it was an awesome, fun-filled day. He was able to mix some inks together to create different type patterns and learned about dinosaurs and constellations.

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Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum many times. There's no entry fee except for special exhibits that change periodically. It's informative and interesting for anyone, kids and adults. So much to see and learn. Laid out very well and easy to walk through. Definitely worth the visit.

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Morganton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated directly across from the legislative building in Raleigh, this museum is a must see in NC. Kids love the dinosaurs and parent will love the variety.

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Thank Sherry H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best museums I've ever been to. Highly interactive, fun and informational. Just two adults, but had a fantastic time and even learned a thing or two!

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