Out & About

Out & About

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

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Nature Research Center
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

RACE: Are we so different?
Wed, Aug 23 at 10am-5pm
Tue, Aug 22 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Aug 21 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Aug 28 thru Thu, Aug 31 at 10am-5pm
Thu, Aug 24 at 10am-5pm
Sat, Aug 26 at 10am-5pm
Fri, Aug 25 at 10am-5pm
Fri, Aug 18 at 10am-5pm
Fri, Sep 1 at 10am-5pm
Wed, Sep 13 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Sep 4 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Sep 11 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Sep 18 at 10am-5pm
Mon, Sep 25 thru Sat, Sep 30 at 10am-5pm
Wed, Sep 20 at 10am-5pm
Tue, Sep 19 at 10am-5pm
Tue, Sep 12 at 10am-5pm
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Thu, Oct 19 at 10am-5pm
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Sat, Oct 21 at 10am-5pm
Thu, Oct 12 at 10am-5pm
Tue, Oct 10 thru Wed, Oct 11 at 10am-5pm
Wed, Oct 4 thru Fri, Oct 6 at 10am-5pm
Fri, Oct 13 at 10am-5pm
Fri, Oct 20 at 10am-5pm
Sat, Oct 7 at 10am-5pm
Sat, Oct 14 at 10am-5pm
Sun, Oct 1 at 12pm-5pm
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Sun, Oct 22 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Sep 3 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Sep 10 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Sep 17 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Sep 24 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Aug 20 at 12pm-5pm
Sun, Aug 27 at 12pm-5pm

Natural Selections
Fri, Aug 18 at 7-10pm

Final Friday: JAWS
Fri, Aug 25 at 5:30-9:30

Adventures on the MST: An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis
Tue, Oct 10 at 6pm, to 8:30pm

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WRAL & Yelp Reviews

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Dewan A. Jul 2, 2017
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Fantastic museum. 1) This place has the best dinosaur exhibit I have ever been. 2) The museum is very well kept and nice. 3) Will be back If around the area.
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Wendy D. Jun 25, 2017
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The family and I spent the whole day here. They have everything from animals, to medical science, to butterflies, rocks and minerals from space and so,so... (more)
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Ryan R. Jun 14, 2017
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It was an excellent museum. Very friendly for kids. We had such a good time. The fact that it was free was an amazing value. We did all 4 stories in about... (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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