North Carolina: Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

(4.7/5 based on 1,600+ 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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  • Love the place ! Great place to learn as well volunteer so much to do and see. Great place to meet other people.  more »
  • This museum has several floors and exhibits of all types for different ages to enjoy. Very cool to wander around and explore to learn more about the state  more »
  • Visited the new World War 1 exhibit on Saturday and was very impressed with the exhibit as well as the North Carolina History exhibit too. We drove over from Greensboro and found free parking steps fr...  more »
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  • Great place, I went there for one of my classes and did a scavenger hunt. Even as a college student I thought my experience was pretty cool. I learned a lot during my visit. I particularly like that there is some much in the museum to see and there's no cost. The best exhibit in my opinion , was the insect exhibit. Most of the museum has hands on activities which would be good for children of all ages. You can park on the street during weekends or park in a parking deck near by.
  • An amazing amount of knowledge ! Two BIG buildings about two city blocks , 7 floors , 3&4 . Plan on spending the day and not being able to see it all !
  • Went here during a special reptile exhibition. Great museum for the whole family and entrance is FREE. (That being said, please donate, folks!)
  • Fantastic Museum! Downtown Raleigh is a beautiful place and the museum is a great place to spend the day seeing amazing things.
  • 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.