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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1029
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+1 919-707-9800
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The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale...

The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on science education and accessible scientists. IMLS National Medal Finalist, 2014.

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We have heard about this museum several times before, but had never actually visited until recently. Very impressed. Interactive, interesting exhibits with modern technology... read more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have heard about this museum several times before, but had never actually visited until recently. Very impressed. Interactive, interesting exhibits with modern technology. We will definitely be back again soon.

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Williamsburg,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to this Museum Numerous times and it never gets old! It is a place all children should have in their childhood memories!

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Indian Lake, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So much to see and do and it's free. Have taken the grandchildren there a number of times and there is always something new.

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Thank Mary S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time with the kids viewing the "Rolling Sculptures" auto exhibit. Well worth the price of admission. The rest of the art museum was also very nice, with some beautiful paintings and sculpture. We enjoyed it so much that we actually became members. We plan to go back next month for the Ansel Adams exhibit, and then the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my 9 year old son and his friend and they loved the DNA lab. They both loved the entire museum . There is so much to see and do. We all had a great day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My kids loved pressing all the buttons and looking at all the animals inside. I didn't realize there were two buildings when we went but it added an extra part of our experience. It's free so that makes it great for everyone!

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Thank Kelley E
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice museum. The exhibits are high quality and interesting. Spans various ages. We spent several hours and could have spent even more time there. Can't beat the price--free! Definitely recommend a visit.

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Columbia, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went to this museum with my grandchildren, expecting to have a nice afternoon and was blown away with the size of this place! I could spend a week here and not see everything! The displays are placed in ways that make it easy to see details. Many of the displays can even be viewed from 2 or 3 levels... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had never been to the museum until we booked two tickets to the gala that is held here yearly for New Years Eve. It is a very cool venue for the event and we now will be back to check it out during calmer times. But we would recommend it for children for sure!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to Raleigh many times and we have visited the Museum several times. The Natural History Museum is very worthwhile for adults and children. The visit is free which is amazing in these times. Take the time and visit! Bruce B.

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