1st Floor

Main building first floor map

North Carolina’s Natural Treasures

Explore North Carolina’s diverse natural treasures: from 2,000 year-old trees to rare carnivorous plants, from the second-oldest river in the world to the most recorded salamander species in the U.S.

North Carolina’s Natural Treasures

North Carolina’s natural treasures are highlighted in this colorful exhibit.


North Carolina’s treasures range from birds to bobcats.


WRAL 3-D Theater

The Auditorium is used as a multi-function space for live science programs and high definition films, shown on a 22-foot HDTV screen.


Wilderness North Carolina is the Museum’s original award-winning high-definition film.

Live science program

Museum educators use props, technology and interactives during their live science programs.


Coastal North Carolina

Two stories high and half a block long, the Coastal North Carolina exhibit hall is home to North Carolina's entire ocean spectrum: from whales to wetlands, seahorses to sargassum.

Coastal North Carolina exhibit

Giant whale skeletons hang overhead in Coastal North Carolina.


Featured in state-of-the-art “bioramas,” live animals can be found throughout the Coastal North Carolina exhibit hall.


Museum Store and Nature Gallery

The Museum Store offers a great assortment of nature and science-related books, videos, gems, jewelry, natural science kits, educational toys and more. The Nature Gallery features original nature-themed art for sale.

Museum Store

The Museum Store is always full of fun and fantastic finds.

Museum Store

From t-shirts to T. rex, the Museum Store has it all.