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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeastern United States. It is the oldest established museum … See more

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Dec 2, 2022
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 Full review by Dee22321205
Nov 27, 2022
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 Camero… Full review by Husky2008
Oct 5, 2022
The N.C. Museum of Natural Science is a treasure. I enjoy the many exhibits. Special events are also great. I attended Bug Fest last month and enjoyed the many educational displays outside of the mus… Full review by geoh234

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Embrace Your Inner Scientist
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is Raleigh's most popular attraction for several reasons: it's free, its cafe features a menu of tasty and reasonably priced items and it contains plentiful exhibits that recent visitors say interest travelers of all ages. The museum teaches visitors about North Carolina through exhibits like "Coastal North Carolina," which features everything from whale skeletons to seahorse bioramas and the "Living Conservatory," which flutters with butterflies. There is also a wing of the museum dedicated to nature research, and this is where visitors can embrace their inner scientist in "Investigate Labs" or simply watch scientists work in the "Windows on Research" areas. Recent visitors "ooh" and "ahh" over the diverse displays and the free admission. One TripAdvisor user was also quite impressed by the museum staff: "I stopped in to ask for someone to answer some questions about preying mantis', these 2 ladies answered my questions and then some." There is no fee for general admission to the museum, though there is a small charge for its special exhibits and 3-D movies. The hours of operation for the Nature Exploration Center are as follows: Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the first Friday of each month, the main building is open for extended hours until 9 p.m. On Sundays, the museum is open from noon until 5 p.m. The adjoining Nature Research Center has the same hours of operation, except on Thursdays, when it's open until 9 p.m. You'll find the building in the heart of downtown Raleigh, adjacent to the North Carolina State Capitol building. For more information, visit the website for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
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