North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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  • Seasons - Year-round
  • Hours - Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.


  • 11 W. Jones St.

    Raleigh,   NC   27601


The Southeast’s largest natural history museum has four floors of exhibits, live animals, 3D movies, three gift stores, and two cafes. The iconic 70-foot-diameter globe at its center houses a three-story theater with live programming and ambient movies on its giant screen. Visitors can observe scientists at work in five glass-walled research labs, and in three Investigate Labs, they can perform experiments designed and led by Museum educators.

Exhibits include the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur; a juvenile T. rex; six great whales; a 10,000-gallon aquarium; a two-story waterfall; walk-through dioramas; a Naturalist Center with real specimens; a vet window where visitors can watch live procedures and talk to the staff; and a butterfly room that also houses a two-toed sloth. The Museum hosts spectacular new featured exhibits every year and hands-on programs daily.

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11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh NC 27601


Latitude: 35° 46' 56.1864" / Longitude: -78° 38' 22.3794"

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