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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Ranked #1 of 123 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 July 23, 2013

This is a great, family friendly place to spend an afternoon. The exhibits are colorful and informative and best of all, the museum proper is free. Plan to pay extra for special exhibits or movies though. You can browse the museum on your own or take an audio tour. (We didn't inquire about the latter so I can't comment on cost.) As transplanted North Carolinians, we found this a great way to learn about the state's resources and environmental challenges.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

NC Museum of Natural Science in downtown Raleigh, NC is a wonderful place for kids and adults to spend an afternoon. Best of all it's free, great location, exhibits about the State of NC. Visit the Butterfly exhibit, watch a movie, visit the coast, piedmont and the mountains of NC.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We took our 5yr., 3yr. and 5 month old to the museum yesterday (Sunday). We got there right at noon and found parking right out front of the resource building. The show in the globe is a must see! We walked across to the museum and checked out the conservatory and saw the butterflies (my 5 year and her dad loved them!) and checked out the snake (legless show). Make sure you check the times for the both the shows and the conservatory before you go! My 3 yr. old got to touch FOUR different snakes!!! As you can imagine they loved it!
This place is great for young and old....any age. This place rocks!

Thank iloveoib
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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

If you are visiting and like to learn you should put this museum on your list. By the way, It's more an experience than a 'museum'. It's also great for both kids and adults. Plan at least 4 hours here, if you get hungry there is also a great resturant to the right when you enter the museum.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Fantasic museum for young and old alike. Thousands of exhibits can keep you busy all day. Great layout and very spacious.

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