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 »
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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.

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