- What is the NEC?
- What is the NRC?
- Where do the buildings connect?
- Where can I park?
- Do I need to reserve a wheelchair before my visit?
- Can I rent an electric scooter/ wheelchair?
- Are strollers allowed in the Museum?
- Where can I find live animals in the Museum?
- Where is the gift shop?
- Where are the butterflies?
- Where are the dinosaurs?
- Where is ‘Meet the Animals’?
Parking is available weekdays in several public pay parking decks within walking distance of the Museum. Parking rates at all Downtown State Government Complex parking facilities are currently $2/hour. Limited metered parking is available along Jones and Edenton Streets. Parking is free and abundant on weekends and evenings after 5pm.
Live animals can be found throughout both buildings. Highlights include snakes which can be found on the 3rd floor of the Nature Exploration Center, and the 2nd floor of the Nature Research Center. On the 1st floor of the Nature Research Center there is a 10,000-gallon aquarium that features a shark, invasive lionfish and a variety of native fishes. The Living Conservatory on the 4th floor of the Nature Exploration Center houses a tarantula, a milk snake, turtles, butterflies, and a two-toed sloth.
We have three gift shops. The first is located on the first floor of the NEC behind the front desk and to the left. The second is part of our special exhibit on the second floor of the NEC. The third store is located on the first floor of the NRC next to the Daily Planet Café.