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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

A view of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh location from Jones Street

North Carolina's most-visited museum, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is also the largest museum of its kind in the South, and one of the nation's most respected museums that explores the natural world.

Two locations -- in downtown Raleigh and Whiteville -- both answer four core questions about the natural sciences through permanent and interactive exhibits, educational films, and hands-on learning areas:

  • what do we know?
  • how do we know?
  • what’s happening now?
  • how can you participate?

The location in Raleigh houses the cutting-edge Nature Research Center, which uses state-of-the-art laboratories, research opportunities, interactive exhibits and live presentations given by top scientists to  make science a tangible and enjoyable experience to help visitors understand the practical applications of science in their daily lives.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh is open seven days a week, but is closed on some holidays. Hours vary, so check the museum's website for details. Please call the museum at (919) 707-9800 for more information.

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Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Outdoor Classroom

 

Prairie Ridge furthers the Museum's mission of enhancing public understanding and appreciation of the natural environment by providing an outdoor learning space while acting as a model for renewable and sustainable energy.

Prairie Ridge Hours
Monday–Saturday: 9am–4:30pm
Sunday: noon–4:30pm

Prairie Ridge Ecostation will be closed on Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year's Day, and all state holidays. Hours vary, so check the museum's website for details.

We encourage you to visit our 45 acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape.

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Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Whiteville

The museum's Whiteville branch is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call (910) 914-4185 for more information.

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