North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Categories: Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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. By using our Raleigh vacation trip planner, you can arrange your visit to North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and other attractions in Raleigh.
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  • There are three excellent museums in Raleigh and this is by far the best of the three. Second would be the Museum of art, and third is the Museum of history. This is the one that I rate as a must see ...  read more »
  • I took my twin boys, age 3, here midweek before school started, and it was a great outing. We particularly went for live story time which incorporated live animals. They absolutely loved it. We went a...  read more »
  • Absolutely delightful - astonishing that they can make a museum that is interesting for a three year old and a fifty year old - so much fun - lots of interactive activities. Couldnt ask for a lovelier...  read more »
  • I come from an area where if you take your family to a museum expect your wallet to be about $50 lighter. So free admission and free parking sounded great. Overall a great experience. Lot's to see and do but most enjoyable for us was the butterfly exhibit we went to outside the cafe we ate at. Speaking of which, the sandwiches we got were delicious. Not used to good food from museum cafes. Being able to watch butterflies while we ate did distract my daughter, it's tough enough getting her to eat but I digress. Having saved money I had no problem dropping some money in the gift shop which had a nice selection of items. Taking the bridge over to the research center had us turning around pretty quick, it looks geared towards older kids/teens. At four years old she wasn't interested in much there, but we'll head there one day. If I had to knock them on anything it is the use of non living displays, I mean, I understand the more living things the more staff needed to support them, but from what I saw it was in the range of 80% fake, 20% real when it came to animals/fish etc. But like I said, I understand, they are not a zoo or aquarium. Overall, a must visit.
  • How is it possible that this place is FREE? There is so much to do that there is no way to get it all done in one day. The first time we went, we spent so much time exploring the first two floors, we didn't even realize there were two more! Also, if you are there during lunch, you should check out the daily planet because it is surprisingly good!
  • This museum is huge, and free, with lots of excellent exhibits that are extremely child friendly. I've been here several times with adult friends, too! Don't forget to explore the research center located at the back of the museum - you have to walk through a tunnel on the second story to access it.
  • Cool display, real animals, and all around informative experience. Free admission is nice too. The huge globe outside is awesome.
  • Amazing place to bring the children!! So many interactive things for everyone in the family to do and see. There are live animals as well as stuffed animals. All around fun day!!
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