North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

#1 of 31 in Childrens Museums in North Carolina
Must see · Natural History Museum · Science Museum
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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  • Four of us visited here on 9/16/21. We started with a tour of the outside area and art displays and then spent a couple of hours touring the inside. It is a very cool museum and well worth visiting...  more »
  • We thought that this museum would be more geared to kids and families but it is truly for everyone. Intricate displays that were very interesting and realistic. Learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves.  more »
  • This museum is full of exhibits which will easily entertain you for several hours so allow plenty of time. Many are also dedicated to kids so feel free to bring the whole family. The best thing is that it's all free unless you get into special areas like the 3D movies which really aren't worth the money. There is street parking and lots and parking building nearby so that part is also convenient. Just come with comfortable shoes and enjoy!!!
  • This place is awesome. I came here with my 9 year old daughter and she had fun for hours. You can watch labs from local colleges and organizations in their work. Paleontologists uncovering fossils, veterinarians caring for animals, 3d printers at work and so much more! Get your hands on actual meteorites, and there's an area where you can examine thousands of natural science specimens. The best place in NC to bring a child. Best of all, admission is FREE!

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