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N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Voters Choice 2016 Our 5 Faves
Categories: Attractions, Families & Parenting, Community, Free
11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: Mon–Sat: 9 am–5 pm, Sun: 12 pm–5 pm
(919) 707-9800
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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Through our exhibits, programs and field experiences, we provide visitors with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature.

General Admission is free, although donations are cheerfully accepted. There is a cover charge for the Rainforest Adventure special exhibit and 3D movies. Discounts are available! Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Parking is available weekdays in several public pay parking decks within walking distance of the Museum.

  • An above-ground lot is located one block east of the Museum, with entrances on Jones and Edenton Streets.
  • The Green Square parking deck is at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets, behind the NRC. The entrance to the deck is on Edenton between Salisbury and McDowell Streets. Exit the deck on the north side and you will be at the back entrance to the NRC.
  • Limited metered parking is available along Jones and Edenton Streets. Parking is free and abundant on weekends.

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Lee K. Apr 3, 2017
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This museum has some of the best skeletons and fossils of animals that I've seen in the South. Plus, I believe that it is free, or at least it was the... (more)
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David P. Mar 30, 2017
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I recently was tasked with finding an educational activity for my visiting Niece and Nephew. Talked to friends with young kids, and they all highly... (more)
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Paul M. Dec 27, 2016
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This is a great museum for all ages, although I think it's generally aimed at perhaps older children (like 10-15). As an adult visiting with his adult... (more)
panteraachickk1111 Apr 18, 2014
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Love this museum. It's got everything and the staff is awesome. My son loves the butterfly room.

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