North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences

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About North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest museum in North Carolina and the largest of its kind in the whole of Southeast US. The museum basically consists of four institutions – the Nature Exploration Center, Nature Research Center, Prairie Ridge Ecostation satellite facility and the North Carolina Museum of Forestry. The Museum has an extensive collection of dinosaurs, shark and whale skeletons, animals and birds, special exhibitions and many more wonderful attractions that have made it North Carolina’s most popular museum. The facility also has extremely knowledgeable scientists and researchers who are easily accessible and would be happy to answer any question you or your kid might have. There is also a Daily Planet cafe and the ACRO Cafe on the premises which serve some wonderful food to fuel your further quest for exploration.

North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences Information

  • Groups of more than 10 people are required to schedule their visit.

North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences Tickets Prices

  • Temporary and featured exhibitions may have admission fee.

North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences Opening and Closing Hours

  • Thursdays: Nature Research Center open till 9 pm.
  • Prairie Ridge closes daily at 4:30 pm.
  • Please refer to official website for further detailed timings.

How To Get To North Carolina Museum Of Natural Sciences by Public Transport

  • By Bus: Bus number 2 stops at W Jones St and n Salisbury St bus station.
  • By renting or hiring a car/taxi.

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States

Phone: +1-9197079800

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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  • We went here because I like fossils and museums and were pleasantly surprised to find out that it's free! After dropping a dollar in the donation box, we wandered in to see a deceptively small exhibit about the plants, animals and birds, and even rocks local to North Carolina. That was especially fun because I was able to name the Lady Slippers in an exhibit upstairs because I learned what it was downstairs first. We wandered over to the underwater exhibit first, which had almost no live animals in it, but I liked that you could see things being eaten by other things like parasites, which I've never seen in any other museum. We were so interested in seeing all of that, that we totally missed noticing that we were walking under whale fossils!!! We went upstairs and carefully examined each one. I even liked seeing the scarring on the rib bones of one whale from a boat, even though that was sad to see. Then we saw the natural habitats of all kinds of local flora and fauna. I appreciated that it was all either fake or stuffed so I didn't have to feel bad for the animals for living in that cramped cage, like I usually do at exhibits. I even enjoyed seeing the cross section of cuts from the Earth itself as people dug down for mining or whatever. Finally, we ended up in the hands-on area for kids, and touched a lot of really textured and interesting things like antlers and rocks and more. This museum exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone curious about any aspect of nature.

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  • THIS IS A (MOSTLY) FREE ATTRACTION! Located in the heart of Raleigh, it is entertaining, educational, and such a great activity for a young couple on a date or for the entire family. My only regret is that I didn't come here more often when I lived closer!

  • Very cool free museum. It's big enough to take a few hours of your time. Lots of taxidermy animals to see in their "natural" habitats. A Costa Rica atmosphere room with rainforest plants and animals, including a sloth. Right now, there's a really good exhibit on race/ethnicity - definitely worth seeing!

  • Had a wonderful visit! The staff was very friendly & helpful. The exhibits were well put together & educational. Definitely will recommend this to anyone, with or without kids!

  • Great museum and fun for the entire family. The new addition is the best, where you can observe scientists working and there are hands on lab rooms as well. And, it's free.

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