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“Totally the thing to do”

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Ranked #1 of 155 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.
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Having spent the last six months or so in Europe touring that continent's many natural history museums, we walked up to the museum desk with credit card in hard, prepared to dole out may fifty bucks or so for two admissions.
The guy looked at us like we were nuts.
"It's free," he said. Like we came from another planet.
Like who doesn't know that one of the world's most top-class natural history museums is open to the public, so people can come and go at whim.
There's a new wing that allows you to watch various scientific labs as they work on natural history questions, as they patiently brush away millions of years of detritus from fossils, or as they work on computers trying to solve problems in genetics.
Lots of these labs, at certain periods, are open to the public stepping in and asking questions.
Amazing. State of the art. For kids of all ages.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The museum a terrific especially since they were featuring the Titanic Artifact Exhibition Tour. Done so very well.

Thank Joanne M
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The museum if huge and covers everything that a natural science museum should. The visible lab space provided a great, interactive element that was also playful and allowed the museum to have a dynamic personal component. I also liked the what happens to crocs on an escalator educational exhibit at the front desk. It was a great, modern facility for families.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

If your child is one who asks a lot of questions about animalsand the world around you, this is the place to bring him for the afternoon. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this place.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

My children call this "The Dinosaur Museum" because there is a huge dinosaur in the viewing space on the top floor. That's the big draw of this place and it is pretty cool. This museum is a great place to spend a rainy day or a really hot day when you don't want to be outdoors. We have been more than 5 times and we still plan to return. There are snakes, rock and crystal exhibits, a room full of furs and pelts for kids to touch, aquariums throughout, and the can't miss attraction for us-the Discovery Room. The Discovery Room is a room with lots of hands-on things for children to explore. There are animal costumes for dress up, cases with different animals to touch, live bugs for touching, and a beehive which is cool because you can actually see the bees entering and exiting to the outside. The museum has an on site cafe but I have never eaten food from here. We usually pack our own lunch and eat it at the cafe. On the same floor as the cafe is a really cool, larger than life, insect exhibit. Overall, nice way to spend the day for tourists and locals alike.

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