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By exploring the state's geography, prehistoric past, geology, plants, and animals, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences helps over a million visitors a year learn about the natural world. The museum has four floors of displays, live animals, and hands-on activities. At the Nature Research Center, you can watch scientists working at research labs through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Researchers also give regular presentations at the center's three-story, multimedia space, which is also used to show spectacular scenes from nature. Use our Raleigh travel planner to visit North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on your trip to Raleigh, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences reviews
I wish they had a "good" rating. I rated it very good for one reason - it is free to get in. Coming from the Science museum in Chicago the NC is very small and limited hands on attractions. BUT...
I wish they had a "good" rating. I rated it very good for one reason - it is free to get in. Coming from the Science museum in Chicago the NC is very small and limited hands on attractions. BUT... more »
Need at least 2-3 hours. 4 story high the kids love it butterflies case was closed it’s free no lines easy parking free also
Need at least 2-3 hours. 4 story high the kids love it butterflies case was closed it’s free no lines easy parking free also more »
Found this museum when we were rained out of our planned activities. Perfect little museum, very modern with 4 floors to explore all free! They, at the time of our visit, were hosting a James...
Found this museum when we were rained out of our planned activities. Perfect little museum, very modern with 4 floors to explore all free! They, at the time of our visit, were hosting a James... more »
This place has definitely improved over the years! It's definitely worth your time going. It's free to enter and the paid events are not expensive at all. The best part is, you could spend all day there and still not see everything! I especially love their dinosaur exhibit. My only complaint is I wish the dinosaur exhibit was larger and more interactive for $10 a person. But I was surprised that they move!
A large, poignant, nicely arranged collection of NC natural history from prehistoric time to now and beyond. So much to read and see and great interactive screens in Building 2 (don't miss going!) The building is really nice and well-planned. Nice customer service. Clean bathrooms. Great for all ages. Free and handicap-accessible. Free parking. In a great area close to other attractions.
We took our kids here while on vacation in North Carolina. They had such a great time looking at the dinosaur models. I was very impressed that such a neat place was free to visit. You can tell that all of the models were very expensive and well made. My favorite part was learning about space and all of the space rocks they have on display. They also have a really pretty butterfly botanical garden that is also home to a sloth. Sadly this area was closed to visitors being able to go inside. Overall a 5/5 experience, perfect for learning! I can't wait to go back when the kids are a little older and can really appreciate what it has to offer.
If you are looking for a fun educational place to take your kids, this is the place. It's free, but they do have a couple exhibits that you have to pay for. Such as the 3D movies or a special exhibit. I took my kids today and was there for four hrs and still wasn't able to see everything. The paid dinosaur exhibit was really fun. They have life size dinosaurs that move. All my kids loved it, except my 3yr. She got a bit scared of the moving dinosaurs. But she loved the life like water tunnel.
Awesome free museum! There's so much to do and look at as well. The locations is a college district, and the surrounding area is very pretty especially with the fall trees. My favorite exhibit was the bug exhibit, and the live animals were absolutely fascinating. A must see if in Raleigh.
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