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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • 11 W. Jones St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.707.9800
  • Toll-Free: 877.462.8724
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The Southeast's largest natural history museum includes the rare Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur – aka "Terror of the South" – and the Nature Research Center, where visitors perform experiments, interact with scientists and enjoy the three-story Daily Planet theater. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Free general admission.


  • Accessible to people with disabilities:
  • Elevators Indoor:
  • Monday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Thursday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Friday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday Hours: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Hours: noon-5pm

Group Tour

  • Group Rate Available:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Meeting Facility
  • Largest Room: 20,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 755
  • Banquet Capacity: 1,475
  • Classroom Capacity: 345
  • Reception Capacity: 2,815
  • Any Outside Catering Allowed:
  • Indoor:
  • AV Equipment:
  • Band Allowed:
  • Chairs Provided:
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Meeting Facility Rooms

Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Sq. Ft. Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception Media
Main Museum - Auditorium X           260                 No  
Main Museum - First Floor X                   250     400     No  
Main Museum - Forth Floor X                   180     250     No  
NRC - Environmental Conference Center X               200     175     250     No  
NRC - SECU Daily Planet X               75     50         No  
Main Museum - First Floor Outdoors X                       50     No  
Main Museum - Fifth Floor Boardroom X                   30     40     No  
Main Museum - Level A Meeting Room X           75     30     55         No  
Main Museum - Museum/Gallery X       20000.00     265     40     275     475     No  
Main Museum - Second Floor X                   120     250     No  
Main Museum - Special Exhibits Gallery X           150         250     500     No  
Main Museum - Third Floor X                   350     250     No  
NRC - First Floor Exhibit Area X                   120     300     No  
NRC - Second Floor Exhibit Area X                       200     No  
NRC - Third Floor Exhibit Area X                   175     250     No  

Science Trivia

  • June 02, 2016
  • Location: Daily Planet Cafe
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

What’s cooler than absolute zero? Find out at Science Trivia nights at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where questions feature a mix of scien... View Details

Science Saturday: The Astronomer Who Came in from the Cold

  • June 04, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Astronomical observing has evolved from cold nights at the telescope to modern observing from a control room, from home, or even automatically as the ... View Details

Science Cafe: Candid Creatures

  • June 09, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Microscopes and telescopes help scientists study things too small or far away to see with the naked eye. Camera traps help zoologists study animals to... View Details

Wake Audubon Society Monthly Lecture: Sounds of Summer: Get to Know the Cicadas of North Carolina

  • June 14, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Cicadas are among our most recognized insects and their calls are a familiar element of summer, but identification of some species remains difficult a... View Details

Science Cafe: Ant Behavior: Tales to Astonish

  • June 16, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Invading armies! Violent sibling rivalries! The queen’s dreaded mark-of-death! The fastest ant bites in the world! The study of ant behavior has... View Details

American Adventure Grand Opening

  • June 18, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

In 1607, settlers landed on the shores of America and called it home, creating the first permanent European settlement — Jamestown. Fewer than h... View Details

Can You Survive an American Adventure?

  • June 20, 2016 - September 07, 2016
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day

Take a trip to the risky, rugged, realities of colonial America, 1607. Can you survive the year? Only 38 of the 104 English colonists did! Step into t... View Details

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