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“Educational & Great Customer service”

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Ranked #1 of 150 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Educational & Great Customer service”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

I loved that the museum is free and you get to experience and view the upgrades being made on the museum. Great place for families or for a date.

Visited April 2012
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Saratoga Springs, NY
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful museum!”
Reviewed April 8, 2012

Amazing work to create the outdoor atmosphere indoors, as well as close up dino's, whales, etc. Great for kids and adults, close to other downtown attractions.

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north carolina
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great time - very interactive.”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

This is one of the many museums within walking distance of each other. The History Museum is across the courtyard from the Science Museum. The Legislature Building is across the street.

On Monday some of the exhibits are closed, including the Butterfly Room. But we went on the weekend so no problem. Parking is close by , easy walking distance.

There is a nice cafe in the building and although we didn't eat there , the prices seemed reasonable.

There were plenty of activities to involve adults and children alike. There are skeletons, snakes, fishes, seahorses. Large dioramas representing the different sections of North Carolina- Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plain. And an enormous set of shark jaws.

There is also a 3D show that is true 3D. The seats are fairly comfortable and prices reasonable. We saw the Dinosaur 3D program

Depending on how fast you want to tour the museum , it can take all day or a half day. There are bathrooms on every floor, wide aisles and elvators for wheelchair users and abled bodies alike. There are also escalators on one side of the museum .

My grandchild enjoyed the museum, and especially the dinosaur and snakes.

April 20, 2012 there will be a new section opening. There is a huge model of the Earth on the outside of the building. I will be going back after the new section is opened.

Visited April 2012
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North Carolina
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245 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Four Hours wasn't enough time”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

Took our grandchildren (8 & 5) for a few hours. Oldest wanted to see dinosaurs and youngest wanted to see snakes and they both got to see their favorites and more. They loved the museum. The 5 year old is into snakes, bugs, lizards and he had a blast. Even though the museum isn't geared towards lots of live aninimals there's enough to keep young kids interested. There are 4 floors of exhibits for them to view; the 5 year old had fun trying to find all the animals listed in the North Carolina natural habitates. We didn't have time for the IMAX movie so we plan to take them back in spring after new section opens and spend a full day. Museum is free but they would like a donation. And you'll probably have to pay for parking, we parked in nearby lot. There is a cafe on 4th floor but we did not have time to visit.

Visited January 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very Well Maintained!!!”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

It's great - and the price (FREE), can't be beat. My two year old can only stay for a little while.

Visited January 2012
Thank Leanne W
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