North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

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. Use our Raleigh travel planner to visit North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on your trip to Raleigh, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This museum is fantastic and FREE! You can easily spend an entire day seeing all the different science exhibits. In addition to the exhibits, they have numerous onsite labs conducting ongoing research...  more »
  • Love to visit this place with kids and adults as well. So much to see and I love the interactive exhibits as well.  more »
  • One of the few hot spots for visitors. We always take out of town guests here and everyone has been thrilled with the experience. If you haven't been, just go. If you have guests in, Don't hesitant to...  more »
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  • The museum has something for everyone in the family. Everything you're into: animals, human health, weather, plants, history, fossils, etc. It is AMAZING!!! We really enjoyed the living conservatory and the opportunity to meet the animals. Our little ones got to touch a turtle and a snake! Our personal favorites had to be the fossils. 😍 So. Many. Awesome. Fossils. We will definitely be back as soon as we plan our next trip to Raleigh!
  • Well the fact that North Carolina even has such a museum like this is absolutely amazing! I love how interactive everything is! It seems every year the museum gets better and better! And you would never know about one of the most delicious restaurants in the whole city is actually in the museum! And boy they really go out of their way to give you a excellent customer service! There is simply so many cool things to see here! Make sure you come early so you can see it all and have time to interact with everything because this Museum really requires an entire day to truly enjoy it! Genuinely a place that's fun for all ages! Did I mention it's free?!?! Oh and make sure you get there early enough to see the butterflies, it is totally worth it!!! As a science nerd I totally love it!!!
  • Free you say? Wow. This museum is great! We've been twice now, because there was so much to see with two children, that we had to return. They especially loved the butterflies. We had no idea there would be live exhibits as well. Lots of nooks and crannies, and real-life labs going on. We'll go again many times I'm sure.
  • The whole family loves this museum. The first few times we visited we did not realize there was a second building with dinosaur and whale skeletons. What a great place for the whole family! We tend to come on weekends which means easy parking in the garage directly beside the building (free in weekends.) my daughter,s favorite is the butterfly room and my son’s favorite is the whale shark skeleton and beaver dam. We’ve been at least fifteen times and it never gets old!
  • I love this place! I have been here A LOT whether on field trips, or with the family. The museum is very interactive, so I never got bored! So much too see, you just can't capture all of it in one trip.
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