North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • Address: 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.707.8417

About

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with its Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés. Explore on a variety of different self-guided tours through all the different exhibits.

In the Nature Exploration Center, you can view more than a dozen exhibits from coastal to prehistoric North Carolina, see a live sloth in the Living Conservatory, engage in hands-on activities in the Discovery Room and experience life as a bug in the Arthropod Zoo. Here, you can also visit the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, the “Terror of the South.”

Head to the Nature Research Center where you can get a glimpse of a different side of natural science with labs, weather centers and ocean, fossils and space exhibits plus a 10,000-gallon aquarium. Living collections include fish, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. This museum wing’s centerpiece is the SECU Daily Planet, a 70-foot-diameter globe with a three-story theater for live programming and movies on its giant screen. Snap some great photos of the exterior--one of Raleigh’s most popular spots for Instagrams!

The museum also includes vast amounts of resources for hands-on learning and research. Educators and workshops are available for schools and other groups. Outreach and e-learning programs are sponsored for all ages. The Brimley Memorial Library is open in the Nature Exploration Center, with the archives of the museum in circulation. Online collections are accessible in the museum’s database.

On your trip to Raleigh, N.C., you won’t want to miss out on this incredible, world-class museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the museum in downtown Raleigh and see why it’s one of the top places to visit in Raleigh and the state! Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Free general admission.

  • About

    The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with its Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with four floors of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés. Explore on a variety of different self-guided tours through all the different exhibits.

    In the Nature Exploration Center, you can view more than a dozen exhibits from coastal to prehistoric North Carolina, see a live sloth in the Living Conservatory, engage in hands-on activities in the Discovery Room and experience life as a bug in the Arthropod Zoo. Here, you can also visit the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur, the “Terror of the South.”

    Head to the Nature Research Center where you can get a glimpse of a different side of natural science with labs, weather centers and ocean, fossils and space exhibits plus a 10,000-gallon aquarium. Living collections include fish, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. This museum wing’s centerpiece is the SECU Daily Planet, a 70-foot-diameter globe with a three-story theater for live programming and movies on its giant screen. Snap some great photos of the exterior--one of Raleigh’s most popular spots for Instagrams!

    The museum also includes vast amounts of resources for hands-on learning and research. Educators and workshops are available for schools and other groups. Outreach and e-learning programs are sponsored for all ages. The Brimley Memorial Library is open in the Nature Exploration Center, with the archives of the museum in circulation. Online collections are accessible in the museum’s database.

    On your trip to Raleigh, N.C., you won’t want to miss out on this incredible, world-class museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Visit the museum in downtown Raleigh and see why it’s one of the top places to visit in Raleigh and the state! Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Free general admission.

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    General Amenities
    • 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 Amenities
    • Group Rate Available:
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    Facility Info
    Meeting Rooms
    • Largest Room 20,000
    • Reception Capacity 2,250
    • Theatre Capacity 260
    • Banquet Capacity 1,080
    • Alcohol Allowed
    • Band Allowed
    • Indoor
    • AV Equipment
    • Kitchen Facilities
    • Outside Catering From Approved List Required
    • Classroom Capacity 175
    Main Museum - Auditorium
    • Theater Capacity: 260
    Main Museum - Fifth Floor Boardroom
    • Banquet Capacity: 18
    • Reception Capacity: 35
    Main Museum - First Floor
    • Banquet Capacity: 250
    • Reception Capacity: 400
    Main Museum - First Floor Outdoors
    • Reception Capacity: 50
    Main Museum - Fourth Floor
    • Banquet Capacity: 120
    • Reception Capacity: 250
    Main Museum - Level A Meeting Room
    • Classroom Capacity: 30
    • Theater Capacity: 50
    Main Museum - Museum/Gallery
    • Total Sq. Ft.: 20,000
    • Banquet Capacity: 275
    • Classroom Capacity: 40
    • Theater Capacity: 265
    • Reception Capacity: 475
    Main Museum - Second Floor
    • Banquet Capacity: 120
    • Reception Capacity: 250
    Main Museum - Special Exhibits Gallery
    • Banquet Capacity: 250
    • Theater Capacity: 150
    • Reception Capacity: 500
    Main Museum - Third Floor
    • Banquet Capacity: 200
    • Reception Capacity: 350
    NRC - Environmental Conference Center
    • Banquet Capacity: 175
    • Classroom Capacity: 200
    • Reception Capacity: 250
    NRC - First Floor Exhibit Area
    • Banquet Capacity: 120
    • Reception Capacity: 300
    NRC - Second Floor Exhibit Area
    • Reception Capacity: 200
    NRC - SECU Daily Planet
    • Banquet Capacity: 50
    • Classroom Capacity: 75
    NRC - Third Floor Exhibit Area
    • Reception Capacity: 200
  • Events
    • January 26, 2018
    • Times: 5:30-9pm
    • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
    • Admission: $2 members; $5 non-members
    • January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018
    • Times: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm
    • Admission: Free
    • Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
    • Times: 7-8:30pm
    • Venue: Nature Research Center: The Daily Planet Cafe
    • Admission: Free
    • February 23, 2018
    • Times: 7:30-9:15pm
    • Venue: Meymandi Concert Hall
    • Admission: $75, $65, $55 and $45, plus $30 option for students
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