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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

4.8
#1 of 33 in Childrens Museums in North Carolina
Must see · Natural History Museum · Science Museum
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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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  • What an absolute gem!! The walkway outside is filled with local plants and herbs on North Carolina. Inside has so many amazing displays. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A must see in... 
    What an absolute gem!! The walkway outside is filled with local plants and herbs on North Carolina. Inside has so many amazing displays. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A must see in...  more »
  • Enjoyed the museum with my grandson! The exhibits were informative and drew the attention of children with the animals and their surroundings. 
    Enjoyed the museum with my grandson! The exhibits were informative and drew the attention of children with the animals and their surroundings.  more »
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  • This place has definitely improved over the years! It's definitely worth your time going. It's free to enter and the paid events are not expensive at all. The best part is, you could spend all day there and still not see everything! I especially love their dinosaur exhibit. My only complaint is I wish the dinosaur exhibit was larger and more interactive for $10 a person. But I was surprised that they move!
  • A large, poignant, nicely arranged collection of NC natural history from prehistoric time to now and beyond. So much to read and see and great interactive screens in Building 2 (don't miss going!) The building is really nice and well-planned. Nice customer service. Clean bathrooms. Great for all ages. Free and handicap-accessible. Free parking. In a great area close to other attractions.

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