North Carolina: Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

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Natural History Museum
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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  • I've been to a lot of museums, and this one is like most others. It has a lot of variety to appeal to every member of the family. I liked how the displays incorporated both live and taxidermied animal...  more »
  • A great museum that is fun, engaging, and educational. The exhibits are fresh and the information is not overwhelming. Enjoyable for all ages.  more »
  • My four year old (and I) LOVE this museum. It is fun for all ages and has spectacular exhibits. We became members we love it so much there. It is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon, or the morni...  more »
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  • Whether you are young or old, this is a fantastic place to go. I've gone here multiple times and still plan on going back. They've updated not to long ago, added an interactive side to the museum. There's a room you can go into with hundreds of specimens to look at, touch, and explore. There are birds, butterflies, turtles, beetles, foxes, anything you can think of. The other side of the museum is where the older exhibits are. The dinosaurs, plants, bugs, the eras, so on. It's also where they house they ever changing special exhibits. I've been to two so far and they were both creative, fun, and engaging exhibits. If you're feeling a little hungry, give the cafe a try. I had their club sandwich and it was absolutely delicious. Not only that, but the butterfly room is right next to the cafe, so you get to watch the butterflies while you eat. If you're bored and looking for something to do or you're trying to take your kids on an educational adventure, swing by the museum. The admission is free and it's sure to garuntee a day full of fun adventures.
  • We visited during a mixer for a conference and we were all very impressed. I hope to visit again soon. We loved the inclusion of benthic macroinvertebrates. Save time for the fourth floor!
  • Terrific place to take the family. Had a blast, learned a lot, and got to touch an actual dinosaur bone!! The staff is always friendly, restrooms are clean, and they have a mini cafe at the very top of the museum for those that need a snack break. :)
  • One of the top-rated attractions in the state, and for good reason! It's the largest science museum in the southeast. The main building has a variety of exhibits, ranging from dinosaurs to regions of NC to arthropods, and everything in between. They have special exhibits and a 3D theatre, as well as a cafe and Living Conservatory (butterfly house, with a sloth!). The Research center, an adjacent building attached by a footbridge, has exhibits on climate, genetics, paleontology, etc. It also contains several real-life science labs with glass walls, so you can watch scientists at work. It also has interactive lab areas, where you can try your hand at lab techniques! All of the museum is free besides the cafes, special exhibits, and theatre.
  • Love this museum! Very large with a ton of stuff to look and learn about. Great for families. No admission and free parking on the weekends.