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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Features Animals
11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
+1 919-707-9800
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Bringing science to kids

My sister in law always looked for something special for us to do when we visited them before... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Worthington, Ohio
Very nice place to visit - Highly Recommend

When visiting you should set aside at least 2 hours - more if you can. This no cost (unless you... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (186 reviews)
“butterfly room” (44 reviews)
“whale skeletons” (37 reviews)
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11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
+1 919-707-9800
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My sister in law always looked for something special for us to do when we visited them before heading on to the beach. The kids loved the aquarium best in this museum. Excellent, diverse museum, very approachable for kids. Second daughter is now in biology...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 6 days ago

When visiting you should set aside at least 2 hours - more if you can. This no cost (unless you want to see one of the shows and even then it is low cost) museum is so worth the time. We only had 2 hours...More

Thank CindyMcN
Reviewed 6 days ago

Living in Raleigh, I love visiting here about once a year. I find I always learn something new. One of the best museums I've been to. It is very well maintained and new things are always cropping up. The fact there is no admission fee...More

Thank Lilly R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a premiere attraction in Raleigh. The museum is great for all ages. There are 2 buildings connected by an interior breeze way, the science center and science museum. Give yourself several hours to see everything. Both sides are free. There's a cafe in...More

Thank Ksb2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my grandson there. He had been before but liked it so much he wanted to go again. It’s very informational and NC centric. Good for two to three hours of entertainment and learning

Thank David E
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to understand the natural science. A great collection of specimens on amphibians, reptiles, mammals etc.. Dinosaur display is another great attraction in the campus

Thank Chris V
Reviewed 1 week ago

I never get tired of visiting, as it feels as though there is always something to see. I was happy to become a member to receive the additional benefits, and LOVE the Adult Nights the museum presents. Great attraction, highly recommended.

Thank JenSingh13
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best museums, other than the museums on the mall in D.C., that my family has ever attended. Every exhibit has something that draws one in - no matter what the age.

Thank 151benjamint
Reviewed 1 week ago

There truly is something for everyone. You could spend days here, it is that big. There is a live sloth exhibit, very cool. Plan on several hours to truly grasp all that this attraction has to offer. Elevators are available for strollers and elderly. And,...More

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a field trip with a fourth grade class here. It has stuff for everyone. They have all sorts of labs you can watch real scientists work in and even labs for kids to participate in. They have everything science related (rocks, minerals, fossils,...More

Thank Jagrego
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21 August 2017|
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Response from 3toMato | Reviewed this property |
Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
20 May 2017|
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Response from Linda B | Reviewed this property |
I avoid attractions on holiday weekends because of people visiting from out of town so I'm assuming so.
Sally P
12 March 2017|
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Response from jescobedo7 | Reviewed this property |
Free General Admission for everyone