Out & About

Out & About

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

Categories: Arts, Attractions, Community, Free, Lifestyle
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: Mon–Sat: 9 am–5 pm, Sun: 12 pm–5 pm
(919) 707-9800
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Welcome to an extraordinary resource! North Carolina’s most visited museum with one of the State’s most iconic landmarks—the SECU Daily Planet. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest institution of its kind in the South East and one of the nation’s most amazing museums about the natural world. This Museum asks four basic questions about the natural sciences—what do we know?, how do we know?, what’s happening now?, how can you participate?—with an integrated suite of onsite, offsite, online and outdoor experiences.

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a high-performing nexus of research, collections, living collections, exhibitions and digital media, school and lifelong education, community engagement, and a regional network—each fueled by great expertise and a diversifying portfolio of public, earned and contributed funds. Progress is forged by maximizing the dividends on a remarkable history of public and private sector investments with a growing array of partnerships.

Our high standards are reflected by our affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution; accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums; a National Medal at the White House in 2014 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services which recognizes just five of the nation’s 35,000 museums annually for outstanding community service; national model research partnerships with the University of North Carolina System; this year’s Thad Eure, Jr. Award from the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau for our economic impact through attracting conferences; and field-advancing innovations such as a fully accessible and free mobile app (NC NatSci) for visitors to navigate our exhibitions.

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Upcoming Events

Astronomy Days
Mon, Jan 25 at 12pm
Sun, Jan 31 at 3:45pm

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Janel L. Dec 30, 2020
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Went here on a Wednesday afternoon around 2:30. The museum was at max capacity so the exact number of people leaving was the number that was allowed in.... (more)
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Gerardo R. Aug 30, 2020
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I haven't visited this museum in months partly because of COVID-19 but when I did visit I enjoyed the quiet space. I would usually attend during the week... (more)
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Eve D. Mar 13, 2020
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One of the largest natural science museum that I've been in the states and *drumrolls ---it's FREE! They have a sloth and a live butterfly exhibition as... (more)

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