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N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

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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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Upcoming Events

Mountains to the Sea
Fri, Feb 5 at 9am-5pm
Sat, Feb 6 at 9am-5pm
Sun, Feb 7 at 12pm-5pm
Mon, Feb 8 thru Sat, Feb 13 at 9am-5pm
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Mon, Mar 28 thru Sat, Apr 2 at 9am-5pm

Nature's Explorers
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North Carolina's Natural Treasures
Fri, Feb 5 at 9am-5pm
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Prehistoric North Carolina
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Extreme Mammals
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Arthropod Zoo
Fri, Feb 5 at 9am-5pm
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Mon, Feb 29 thru Sat, Mar 5 at 9am-5pm
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WRAL & Yelp Reviews

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Chelsea M. Nov 14, 2015
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This was a very nice family oriented museum for Natural History. There are many exhibits that are children friendly. The earth shaped theatre is very... (more)
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Alexa L. Oct 24, 2015
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I'm not going to lie, I love science. So when I go to this museum, I geek out. I love all the displays and exhibits, especially the ones with real live... (more)
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Rebecca F. Oct 10, 2015
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This is a FANTASTIC museum targeted towards families and children! I am so glad we took our kiddo here -- the handful of times we've been, she's found new... (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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