North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Science Museum
Central Raleigh, Raleigh
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  • Colby M.
    "It's the best natural history museum I've ever visited."(3 Tips)
    Visit North Carolina
    "fossilized heart"(3 Tips)
    "Eat and drink at The Daily Planet, trust us!"(2 Tips)
    Teddy M.
    "The whale exhibits are amazing, and the butterfly room is wonderful."(2 Tips)
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  • Visit North Carolina
    Visit North CarolinaJanuary 4, 2011
    Where can you find a fossilized heart, a 2-story waterfall & hummingbirds & butterflies zipping around indoors? At the southeast's largest natural history museum! Don't forget to take a pic w/ Willo!
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJune 29, 2012
    Visit Stumpy, "the mother of right whales, " weighing 77 tons until she fell prey to a ship strike in 2004. Unlike most such displays, this is one you can actually touch. Read more
  • Meredith m.
    Meredith mMay 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the new area, a research center. It's interactive, they have videos you can watch, games you can play, and a 3 story screen that shows clips! it is like a whole other museum! Gift shop and cafe.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TaylorAugust 13, 2015
    The have a bitterly conservatory on the 4th floor of the main Museum side. The majority of the museum is free. And they do stuff for kids.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BurbanoApril 3, 2015
    Highly educational & such fabulous exhibitions. It always proves to be a delightful escape for those science hungry minds, & it's exceptionally fun for families & children!
  • Teddy M.
    Teddy MaggianiDecember 27, 2015
    The whale exhibits are amazing, and the butterfly room is wonderful.
  • NASA
    NASAJanuary 11, 2011
    Recipient of a 3 year grant to establish a permanent NASA presence by creation of Earth and space science labs, exhibits and STEM programming focused on middle and high school students and teachers. Read more
  • Russ S.
    Russ SimomAugust 1, 2013
    Totally awesome museum. There is so much about the different terrains in NC that makes NC so unique . Great staff too!
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby CarrollJuly 7, 2013
    The magnifying microscope in the Discovery Room is so cool! Be sure to check it out!
  • Katharine B.
    Katharine BayerApril 21, 2012
    Check out Cafe Prost! Pretzels are the best! Tomato and Gouda tastes like a mini pizza. Truck is located near museum entrance.
  • Alita W.
    The #RACE exhibit is amazing! I've been 3 times already! I love that the museum is not afraid to tackle and question the idea of race ❤🙏
  • Colby M.
    Colby MoorbergOctober 9, 2012
    Check out the new wing of the museum, and be sure to see the meteor exhibit! A slice of a meteor from my hometown (Estherville, IA) is in there!
  • Colby M.
    Colby MoorbergSeptember 26, 2014
    As a scientist, I'm thoroughly impressed with this museum. It's the best natural history museum I've ever visited. It's great for adults as well as kids.
  • B1n62
    B1n62December 29, 2014
    Cool things to explore and learn, best thing's free!
  • Tanya G.
    Tanya GjerdingenAugust 18, 2013
    Beautiful free museum! The dinosaur fossils were my favorite part.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 24, 2011
    The Southeast’s largest natural history museum features the fossilized remains of many creatures from the prehistoric past, including a nearly complete acrocanthosaurus. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • 🌴Pina 🌺 G.
    🌴Pina 🌺 G💟February 3, 2014
    Amazing museum in NC!! I had a great experience!!!
  • Amber F.
    Amber FoltzJune 16, 2014
    This is the best museum I think I've ever been to! A must-see!!!
  • Gina D.
    Gina DApril 8
    Great science museum. Free admission. Excellent birthday parties!
  • Jake H.
    Jake HinkoferAugust 23, 2015
    3 stories of interesting facts. Takes about 2-3hrs to enjoy the entire museum
  • Jarrod
    JarrodJanuary 5, 2014
    Eat and drink at The Daily Planet, trust us! #supermanazing
  • Greta P.
    Greta PattersonMarch 23, 2010
    Check the website for latest exhibits and shows. There is a snack bar on the top level just outside the butterfly room. Read more
  • Michael H.
    Michael HuberAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spend a day and enjoy yourself. They have new special showings periodically.
  • Darren T.
    Darren ThompsonJanuary 26
    Can't believe we have never been here before. We will be back very soon!
  • Laura W.
    Laura WhiteJune 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the nature art gallery upstairs in the museum store loft! Loads of great NC artists!
  • h
    hDecember 7, 2014
    Make sure to check out the 3rd floor across the sky bridge for an interactive treat 😁
  • Brandon R.
    Brandon RectorJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Most whale skeletons under one roof in all of Raleigh!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CanaleMay 4, 2011
    Great local museum for the younger kids...and FREE,too.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HighlandMay 7, 2015
    One of the best museums I've been to!
  • Matthew K.
    Matthew KrevatJune 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Daily Planet Cafe is surprisingly tasty and not badly priced.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HuberJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a good place to visit. 1/2 day worth of stuff to see
  • Wade S.
    Wade StinsonJuly 22, 2016
    I really like the upstairs exhibit with genetics!
  • Janet K.
    Janet KennedySeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A really fun place to host a meeting or Gala event. Read more
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran Hasan3 weeks ago
    Wow! I can’t believe this is free. A must see
  • Emma A.
    Emma AkpanJanuary 15, 2013
    They serve Larry's beans coffee here and it's so good!
  • Dylan R.
    Dylan RussAugust 29, 2016
    Bring everyone you know here. It's amazing
  • Jorge N.
    Jorge N.February 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to visit with the whole family.
  • May E.
    May EugenioJanuary 27, 2015
    it would take you half day to finish the whole museum
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BomarJune 10, 2015
    There interactive games were SO much fun!
  • Damon M.
    Damon McWaltersAugust 31, 2013
    Use your mind and explore this wonderful place
  • Lilly L.
    Lilly LynApril 11, 2013
    A fantastically amazing place!
  • dymonique T.
    dymonique TaftAugust 27, 2013
    It's FREE and totally awesome
  • Jan K.
    Jan KirbyJuly 22, 2012
    They have beer at the bar. Like.
  • W B.
    W BJuly 22, 2013
    Its a little dry and sciency for my tastes.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SApril 6, 2013
    Science fair. Good stuff!
  • Steve
    SteveAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seeing new wing
  • Kayla H.
    Kayla HightowerDecember 1, 2011
    Always an adventure! Love love LOVE this museum.
  • Ella L.
    Ella LeeOctober 8, 2016
    Really cool museum!!
  • T B.
    T BrentonJanuary 6, 2015
    You can't beat free
  • DIGANT >> G.
    DIGANT >> GOYAL <<April 15, 2015
    Learning experience and IT IS FREE!!
  • Amanda K.
    Amanda KoharSeptember 18, 2010
    love!?!?!? a beautiful museum
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah Eller RaleighAugust 12, 2015
    Very Nice! Read more
  • Mark T.
    Mark TraphagenMay 31, 2010
    Digital theater movies are spectacular.
  • Jan K.
    Jan KirbyJuly 22, 2012
    No tax charged in the gift shop.
  • Doug C.
    Doug CasteenMarch 23, 2013
    They don't sell Nehi in the cafe anymore. :( No Sundrop either. Dang.
  • Alison K.
    Alison KannonMay 4, 2010
    Enjoy a First Friday Movie.
  • Shelli M.
    Shelli MayfieldJanuary 21, 2010
    Loads of free exhibits
  • Lynette M.
    Lynette MillerNovember 8, 2014
    Dinosaur Exhibit, Shark Tank
  • Paige B.
    Paige BellamyMarch 14, 2011
    Watch out for Joe
  • Rory H.
    Rory HuskyFebruary 4, 2012
    This place lacks huskies. *sad face*
  • Inwon J.
    Inwon JongOctober 29, 2013
    무료로 운영되는 자연사박물관, 공룡화석 진품 59%의 기록을 볼수 있듯 복원에 매우 정성을 들였으며, 어린이들의 참여로 이루어지는 실험실, 평소에 만져볼 수 없는 파충류를 실제로 만져볼 수 있도록 지역 학생들로 이루어진 자원봉사단이 동물 가면을 쓰고 곳곳에 배치되어 만져볼 수 있도록 배려함. 무료라 매주 2-3번씩 쇼핑하듯 놀러오는 사람들이 많다고 함.
  • Juan Manuel U.
    Juan Manuel Uribe MuAugust 7, 2015
    Excelentes exhibiciones, personal muy amable
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