In the southeast, this is the largest natural history museum by far. Some of the facilities that make the North Carolina Museum of Natural sciences the largest Museum include:
- Nature Exploration Center
- Nature Research Center
- Live animals
- 4-floor exhibits
- Gift shops
In each of these facilities, you can visit, explore, and learn a lot. Even though you can take self-guided tours, there is also a possibility of having a professional guide you through the facility.
The Nature Exploration Center has numerous exhibits both from coastal to prehistoric North Carolina. The Arthropod Zoo contains insects and other small animals, whereas live sloth can be found in the Living Conservatory. For those who like to engage in handy activities, the Discovery Room offers plenty of activities both for children and adults too. Finally, the Exploration Center is the place you can see a complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur ‘Terror of the South’.
Are you a natural science enthusiast/ the Nature Research Center is the place you need to be because it is equipped with weather centers, space exhibits, ocean, fossils, and labs. The center also has a 10,000-gallon aquarium with vast collections of reptiles, butterflies, fish, and amphibians. There is a special wing in the Museum for SECU Daily Planet. The wing is a 70-foot diameter globe that has a three-story theater used for movies and live programming. Ergo, it is among the popular Instagram spots in Raleigh, attracting thousands of people every week!
The N. Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is renowned as a research and learning institution. When educational groups and schools visit, educators are provided to share knowledge and motivate. The Museum also sponsors e-learning and outreaches for all ages with the Museum’s database containing vital documents and educational materials. The Museum provides free admission from Monday to Saturday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Sunday (noon to 5 p.m.). The Museum is located in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Visit the website for more information.