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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
+1 919-707-9800
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First Time!

So glad we took a day trip to Raleigh to visit his museum!! It was amazing! My 6 year old had a... read more

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LuLu M
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Finally!

This was my first visit to Raleigh and I immediately went to the fourth floor of the museum to see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Adriana R
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (201 reviews)
“butterfly room” (52 reviews)
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11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

So glad we took a day trip to Raleigh to visit his museum!! It was amazing! My 6 year old had a blast with all the hands on exhibits and the volunteers in each hands on experience were so kind and helpful. The beautiful exhibit...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was my first visit to Raleigh and I immediately went to the fourth floor of the museum to see the sloth! He’s surrounded by dozens of beautiful butterflies! I got the best plush sloth in the museum store!!

Thank Adriana R
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NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for stopping in to see our sloth! We hope to see you again, soon.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When you enter this free museum the first thing you notice is the enormous sceleton of a whale. Nice but also sad. This female whale was pregnant when she fractured her scull. For all age groups this museum has something to offer. Please visit this...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots to see and do, and the best part is that it’s free! The butterfly room was my favorite, it closes before the rest of the museum so don’t miss it!

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Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow, what an amazing venue for our daughter's wedding reception! We had planned to have the wedding near our home in Wake Forest, but when my daughter and her fiancé toured the NC Museum of Natural Sciences they were hooked. She's an archaeologist and he's...More

Thank clanhayes6
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NCMNS, Marketing Assistant at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for visiting! We're glad you had a great time and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The museum includes some small animal exhibits mixed in with the displays. The displays are informative and well laid out. The interactive labs are informative and fun. The video of North Carolina is a bit lengthy, there are parts that are interesting. The butterflies are...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed a visit to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on a rainy Saturday, which brought out the crowds. Even though it was busy in some areas, we still managed to spend ample time exploring the exhibits and reading labels. Very well done, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had so much fun exploring this huge museum with my 5 year old. There are tons of beautiful and often interactive displays! Plus the whole place is like 4 stories tall and it connects to the history museum by walkway. Nice gift shop too!...More

Thank Stacey V
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Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a fun and inexpensive place to visit with your family, go to the NC Museum of Natural Science! It is very educational and there is no admission cost. They ask for donations but it's not required.

Thank Sharon C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent several hours at this museum, and really enjoyed the views into the working labs, the chance to see the whale specimen up close, and the willingness of the staff to help.

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Pamela M
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Response from Oriiah | Reviewed this property |
Yes 9 am to 5 pm.
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Yes admission is free but donations are accepted
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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.
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