North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Science Museum · Central Raleigh
11 W Jones St (at N Salisbury St), Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
Open until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–5:00 PM
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The Southeast's newest and largest natural history museum features live animals, dinosaurs, whales, walk-through dioramas, science education and research.


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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)
    Tanya G.
    "The dinosaur fossils were my favorite part."(3 Tips)
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  • Jake H.

    3 stories of interesting facts. Takes about 2-3hrs to enjoy the entire museum

    Jake Hinkofer · August 23
  • Ashley T.

    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.

    Ashley Taylor · August 13
  • Sarah E.

    Very Nice! Read more

    Sarah Eller Raleigh · August 12
  • Hannah B.

    There interactive games were SO much fun!

    Hannah Bomar · June 10
  • Karen H.

    One of the best museums I've been to!

  • DIGANT >> G.

    Learning experience and IT IS FREE!!

    DIGANT >> GOYAL << · April 15
  • Brian B.

    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!

    Brian Burbano · April 3
  • May E.

    it would take you half day to finish the whole museum

    May Eugenio · January 27
  • T B.

    You can't beat free

    T Brenton · January 6
  • B1n62

    Cool things to explore and learn, best thing's free!

    B1n62 · December 29, 2014
  • h d.

    Make sure to check out the 3rd floor across the sky bridge for an interactive treat 😁

    h d · December 7, 2014
  • Lynette M.

    Dinosaur Exhibit, Shark Tank

    Lynette Miller · November 8, 2014
  • Colby M.

    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.

    Colby Moorberg · September 26, 2014
  • Michael H.

    Spend a day and enjoy yourself. They have new special showings periodically.

    Michael Huber · August 9, 2014
  • Steve

    Seeing new wing

    Steve · August 8, 2014
  • Michael H.

    Always a good place to visit. 1/2 day worth of stuff to see

    Michael Huber · July 6, 2014
  • Matthew K.

    Daily Planet Cafe is surprisingly tasty and not badly priced.

    Matthew Krevat · June 22, 2014
  • Amber F.

    This is the best museum I think I've ever been to! A must-see!!!

    Amber Foltz · June 16, 2014
  • 🌴Pina 🌺 G.

    Amazing museum in NC!! I had a great experience!!!

    🌴Pina 🌺 G💟 · February 3, 2014
  • Jorge N.

    Great place to visit with the whole family.

    Jorge N. · February 2, 2014
  • Brandon R.

    Most whale skeletons under one roof in all of Raleigh!

    Brandon Rector · January 12, 2014
  • Jarrod

    Eat and drink at The Daily Planet, trust us! #supermanazing

    Jarrod · January 5, 2014
  • Damon M.

    Use your mind and explore this wonderful place

    Damon McWalters · August 31, 2013
  • dymonique T.

    It's FREE and totally awesome

    dymonique Taft · August 27, 2013
  • Tanya G.

    Beautiful free museum! The dinosaur fossils were my favorite part.

    Tanya Gjerdingen · August 18, 2013
  • Russ S.

    Totally awesome museum. There is so much about the different terrains in NC that makes NC so unique . Great staff too!

    Russ Simom · August 1, 2013
  • W B.

    Its a little dry and sciency for my tastes.

    W B · July 22, 2013
  • Bobby C.

    The magnifying microscope in the Discovery Room is so cool! Be sure to check it out!

    Bobby Carroll · July 7, 2013
  • Geoff J.

    It's free, but the traveling exhibits cost money.

    Geoff Johnson · April 26, 2013
  • Lilly L.

    A fantastically amazing place!

    Lilly Lyn · April 11, 2013
  • Ryan S.

    Science fair. Good stuff!

    Ryan S · April 6, 2013
  • Doug C.

    They don't sell Nehi in the cafe anymore. :( No Sundrop either. Dang.

    Doug Casteen · March 23, 2013
  • Emma A.

    They serve Larry's beans coffee here and it's so good!

    Emma Akpan · January 15, 2013
  • Colby M.

    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 Moorberg · October 9, 2012
  • Jan K.

    They have beer at the bar. Like.

    Jan Kirby · July 22, 2012
  • Jan K.

    No tax charged in the gift shop.

    Jan Kirby · July 22, 2012
  • The News & Observer

    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

    The News & Observer · June 29, 2012
  • Meredith m.

    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.

    Meredith m · May 20, 2012
  • Katharine B.

    Check out Cafe Prost! Pretzels are the best! Tomato and Gouda tastes like a mini pizza. Truck is located near museum entrance.

    Katharine Bayer · April 21, 2012
  • Luke K.

    Dont sit behind really freaking tall people in this theater

    Luke Kafka · March 24, 2012
  • Rory H.

    This place lacks huskies. *sad face*

    Rory Husky · February 4, 2012
  • Kayla H.

    Always an adventure! Love love LOVE this museum.

    Kayla Hightower · December 1, 2011
  • Janet K.

    A really fun place to host a meeting or Gala event. Read more

    Janet Kennedy · September 19, 2011
  • Smithsonian Channel

    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

    Smithsonian Channel · June 24, 2011

    The best museum in North Carolina. Great exhibits and family fun! Learn about prehistory and buy highly detailed dinosaur collectibles by visiting Explore prehistory! Read more · May 7, 2011
  • Sean C.

    Great local museum for the younger kids...and FREE,too.

    Sean Canale · May 4, 2011
  • Michelle P.

    Animal grossology is great for little kids!

    Michelle Psalidas · April 16, 2011
  • Paige B.

    Watch out for Joe

    Paige Bellamy · March 14, 2011
  • NASA

    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

    NASA · January 11, 2011
  • Visit North Carolina

    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!

    Visit North Carolina · January 4, 2011

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