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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  • Visiting Raleigh, North Carolina, we were taken to this museum as a “something to do.” With 4 teenagers in tow, this could have been a tough afternoon. It was great! The museum, taking up three floors...  more »
  • There are two buildings with 4 stories each with tons of things to do and see. Plus the best part is that it is free! We went today and couldn’t do everything there was to do. We took 3 boys ages 4,5,...  more »
  • This site was very convenient to the Archives; within walking distance. It was a little confusing upon entering. But you order, pay and then get your meal. Good menu, reasonable rates.  more »
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  • I'm blown away by the research side of this museum, and massively impressed overall. This is really two museums in one: the classic science museum has butterflies, dinosaurs, insects, and the like. This side is small but well-maintained and has a good number of exhibits. Then there is another building attached to this part, and it's filled with laboratories and hands-on activities. These labs include a microbiology lab, a 3D printing lab, am archeology lab, and more. It's fantastic and amazing, and I love it. The museum is also free (other than the theater and another area), with inexpensive membership options.
  • This museum has some remarkable staff! Josh from the Naturalist Center did a phenomenal job showing a little girl the artifacts. It was really sweet seeing him take the time to explain them to her. All the staff seem passionate about the exhibits that we interacted with. I am so glad that I made this a stop on my trip to Raleigh.
  • Another amazing FREE (supported by your donations) museum in Raleigh, NC. There are two buildings at the science museum. One contains many of the traditional science center exhibits, like dinosaur bones and displays depicting the area’s local wildlife habitats. A second, newer building includes programs on genetics, evolution, astronomy and paleontology. This newer building also offers visitors the opportunity to watch scientists and lab technicians doing actual research and preservation work in glass-walled labs. At certain times, visitors are also allowed to enter some of the labs and get up close with the scientists and their work. Great way to get kids interested in STEM careers!
  • Free admission is only the start! This place offers an incredible experience. You can even watch real scientists conduct their work. There are small hands-on classes also offered which children and adults will thoroughly enjoy. There is a ton to learn here and expect to spend 2-5 hours to enjoy the entire experience.
  • there's so much to see! this museum is three full stories of nonstop information expressed in easy-to-understand exhibits. it's for all ages and self guided tours are free! if you have 2-3 hours to blow, head to this museum and be amazed. i recommend parking in the lot next to the museum, as it is free during the weekends.
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