North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Science Museum
11 W Jones St (at N Salisbury St)
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 733-7450
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
9:00am - 5:00pm
12:00pm - 5:00pm


  • Where can you find a fossilized heart, a 2-story waterfall & hummingbirds & butterflies zipping around indoors? At the southeast's largest natural history museum! Don't forget to take a pic w/ Willo!
  • Visit Stumpy, "the mother of right whales, " weighing 77 tons until she fell prey to a ship strike in 2004. Unlike most such displays, this is one you can actually touch.
  • Loads of free exhibits
  • Recipient of a 3 year grant to establish a permanent NASA presence by creation of Earth and space science labs, exhibits and STEM programming focused on middle and high school students and teachers.
  • The Southeasts largest natural history museum features the fossilized remains of many creatures from the prehistoric past, including a nearly complete acrocanthosaurus. (From Aerial America)
  • Go to the new area, a research center. It's interactive, they have videos you can watch, games you can play, and a 3 story screen that shows clips! it is like a whole other museum! Gift shop and cafe.
  • Daily Planet Cafe is surprisingly tasty and not badly priced.
  • Digital theater movies are spectacular.
  • Learning experience and IT IS FREE!!
  • Highly educational & such fabulous exhibitions. It always proves to be a delightful escape for those science hungry minds, & it's exceptionally fun for families & children!
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  • Beautiful free museum! The dinosaur fossils were my favorite part.
  • The magnifying microscope in the Discovery Room is so cool! Be sure to check it out!
  • A fantastically amazing place!
  • They have beer at the bar. Like.
  • Enjoy a First Friday Movie.
  • Check the website for latest exhibits and shows. There is a snack bar on the top level just outside the butterfly room.
  • The changing exhibitions and the family friendly environment.
  • A lot of good information about dinosaurs and animal history. Fun for children too
  • This was one of the best museums I have ever visited.

Nearby places

5 E Edenton St (at N Wilmington St)
121 W Jones St (at N Salisbury St)
11 W Jones St (Museum of Natural Sciences)