North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Facility:North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Description:Every day the Museum presents a variety of free programs for the public, often featuring live animals. People of all ages are welcome. For more information on special events, please see the calendar online, or call the front desk at 733-7450 for the most up-to-date information.
Address 1:11 West Jones Street
Address 2:
Zip Code:27601
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Hours:Monday - Saturday, 9 am 5 pm
Sunday, noon 5 pm
First Fridays - On the first Friday of every month (except as noted) the Museum stays open until 9 pm.

Admission:General Admission is free, although donations are cheerfully accepted. There is a cover charge for special exhibits.
Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Telephone:(919) 733-7450
Website:Visit Website
DyAnn Massie, Co-op Member
Our field trips to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences are always exciting and informative. Having a third-grader along with two high-schoolers can be a little challenging when it comes to field trips that will meet everyones maturity level. This museum fills the need. We really enjoy the lab on the 4th floor which allows for touching many different things from snake skins to igneous rocks. In the past we have enjoyed learning to use the microscopes which we could not do in our homeschool. The butterfly exhibit is thrilling for all of us and of course the 'arthropod' area for the younger one. We will go again soon and encourage others to enjoy this museum.
Charlotte D., Co-op Member
You can't beat the price of this museum - free! The exhibits are interesting but there is very little hands-on material. For that reason, our family prefers to visit when they are having a special event, such as chemistry day or scout day. The special events are usually free as well and offer direct interaction with other students as well as scientists.

Another nice thing about this museum are the special exhibits. These are not free, but major exhibitions like the Dead Sea Scrolls have been here, and it's wonderful to visit for these times tours when they are available.

This museum is directly adjacent to the Museum of Natural History (also free) and it's easy to spend a day visiting both places. Bring $ for parking.
I Palmer, Co-op Member
GREAT museum compared to some states. Actual dinosaur bones/skeletons to see. Worth the visit!
Caroline C., Co-op Member
LOVE this museum. The daily presentations are just awesome. Try and get in on something with Bob Alderink. His enthusiasm and knowledge will get your kids motivated. Also, look for Dolly, the dinosaur remains that actually have a 4 chambered heart. We are so lucky to have a museum that is so cutting edge.
Bobbi H., Co-op Member
My kids always enjoy visiting this museum. It's a little boring for me, but that's mainly because there is very little hands on. You walk through alot of exhibits showing animals in their habits- which is interesting, just not exciting. But for the price (FREE), you can't beat it. They have had several special exhibits that really are great though. They have a small live butterfly exhibit on the upper level that you can walk through as well- just check the website for the days/hours. They aren't always open the same days as the museum.

The cafe upstairs isn't too bad either. We've had lunch there on a few visits. Of course- not the CHEAPEST, but museums usually aren't, but I think we usually share some meals to make it work.

We typically go to the museum when they have special events- such as BugFest or Weather, etc. THEN they have tons to see and do, plus the regular museum exhibits as well. It's a lot more crowded on those days though.
Megan G, Co-op Member
A lot of fun for all ages. Very educational, also. Check out their schedule of programs.
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