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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • 11 W. Jones St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601

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.

General

General
  • 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

General
  • Group Rate Available:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Meeting Facility
  • Largest Room: 20,000
  • Theatre Capacity: 260
  • Banquet Capacity: 1,080
  • Classroom Capacity: 175
  • Reception Capacity: 2,250
  • Alcohol Allowed:
  • Indoor:
  • AV Equipment:
  • Band Allowed:
  • Kitchen Facilities:
  • Outside Catering From Approved List Required:

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 - Fourth Floor X                   120     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                   18     35     No  
Main Museum - Level A Meeting Room X           50     30             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                   200     350     No  
NRC - First Floor Exhibit Area X                   120     300     No  
NRC - Second Floor Exhibit Area X                       200     No  
NRC - Third Floor Exhibit Area X                       200     No  

Exhibition: Secret World Inside You

  • October 22, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Crawling on your skin, swimming in your gut and traveling through your intestines are over 100 trillion teeny, tiny microorganisms. Collectively they ... View Details

Science Trivia!

  • January 05, 2017 - May 04, 2017
  • Location: Nature Research Center: The Daily Planet Cafe
  • Address: 121 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday

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

The Radar Appears to Be Jammed, featuring Spaceballs

  • January 27, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Time to break out the tin foil hats folks, because we’re talking about aliens. Do they exist? What might they look like? What are we doing to lo... View Details

Astronomy Days

  • January 28, 2017 - January 29, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Museum partners with NASA and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to help you see the big picture - of the Universe! From comet crafts to solar observing... View Details

Groundhog Day

  • February 02, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Sir Walter Wally makes his 20th annual prediction at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Groundhog Day celebration on Bicentennial Plaza in fron... View Details

Darwin Day

  • February 11, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at the largest event of its kind in the country! Spend a day learning about Darwin... View Details

Reptile and Amphibian Day

  • March 11, 2017
  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601

Come out to the Museum to celebrate the twenty-third annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, the nation's largest and most popular event dedicated to ... View Details

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Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 1505  
Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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