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NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

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NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina NC

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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.
Also, if you have kids, check out Marbles Kids Museum.
After, eat at Brewerks Cafe, in an adorable neighborhood of Victorian homes- easy parking! Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Exhibit about LED lighting and the homegrown company, Cree.
Exhibit about LED lighting and the homegrown company, Cree.
LED lights!
LED lights!
Whale skeleton.
Whale skeleton.
Rescue dog.
Rescue dog.
Turtle and fish.
Turtle and fish.
Pretty lighting.
Pretty lighting.
Carolina Emporer Emerald.
Carolina Emporer Emerald.
Fish looking innocent.
Fish looking innocent.
Whale skeleton downstairs.
Whale skeleton downstairs.
Model of an ice core from Greenland, which holds 108,000 years of weather history.
Model of an ice core from Greenland, which holds 108,000 years of weather history.
The building is amazing!
The building is amazing!
Colorful exhibits.
Colorful exhibits.
The globe outside.
The globe outside.
Giant globe which is part of the building.
Giant globe which is part of the building.
Impressive globe!
Impressive globe!
Pedestrian walkway that joins the two buildings.
Pedestrian walkway that joins the two buildings.
Attractive display.
Attractive display.
Ancestral Great White shark teeth.
Ancestral Great White shark teeth.
Beach scene.
Beach scene.
Cute plaque teaching about turtles.
Cute plaque teaching about turtles.
Whelk shells, crab exoskeleton, barnacles encrusting a bottle, sargassum weeds, and mermaid's purse.
Whelk shells, crab exoskeleton, barnacles encrusting a bottle, sargassum weeds, and mermaid's purse.
Brown shrimp. I love this guy!
Brown shrimp. I love this guy!
Granite with feldspar and sediments with feldspar.
Granite with feldspar and sediments with feldspar.
49 carat blue sapphire, 103 carat ruby with six point star.
49 carat blue sapphire, 103 carat ruby with six point star.
Amethyst crystals on matrix.
Amethyst crystals on matrix.
Longnose gar.
Longnose gar.
Deer.
Deer.
Looking down at a pretty exhibit.
Looking down at a pretty exhibit.
Globe on the building.
Globe on the building.
 

Directions

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: Mon, 03 Sep 2018 17:27:34 GMT