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NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

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NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina NC


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a great place to take kids! It is a very attractive, modern museum, with impressive architecture and exhibits. Check out the huge whale skeleton! There is a tank with big silver fish and cute little fish. A wavy LED display talks about Cree, the local company that first developed LEDs that give off natural light. Exhibits about the coast show seagulls, crabs, and limpets. There are forest exhibits with stuffed animals such as a beaver and baby black bear. Try to spot the Venus Fly Trap plants and green frogs in a tank. There are some interactive areas such as Discovery Lab, and most displays have something kids can do such as lift a flap. Little kids might need more things to manipulate in general, and kids might bore of the information plaques that don't have any real items to look at.
To get to the other building, walk the glass concourse. 
Also, cross the pedestrian plaza to see the North Carolina Museum of History, a fantastic state-of-the-art museum for older kids.
After, eat at Brewerks Cafe, in an adorable neighborhood of Victorian homes- easy parking! Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



NC Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601. There is metered parking along the street. 
Entrance is free!
Open Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5.

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Last Updated: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:36:20 GMT