Visitor Info

Visitor Info

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Through our exhibits, programs and field experiences, we provide visitors with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature.

General Admission to all facilities is FREE!
 

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Featuring an array of permanent and special exhibits, live programs and educational films that appeal to audiences of all ages, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences encourages visitors to explore the natural world and their connections to it.

Regular Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
First Fridays the Museum is open until 9pm.
Special areas are closed on Mondays.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge is the Museum’s off-site field station where teachers, students and the general public can learn about sustainable living and experience the natural world. The site features 38-acres of restored prairie, lowland forest and wetlands through which several hiking trails intersect.

Regular Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9 am-4:30 pm
Sunday: Noon-4:30 pm

Nature Research Center

Nature Research Center

With state-of-the-art laboratories, research opportunities, interactive exhibits and live presentations given by top scientists, the Nature Research Center makes science a tangible and enjoyable experience and helps visitors understand the practical applications of science in their daily lives.

Regular Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Thursdays the NRC is open until 9pm &
First Fridays the whole Museum is open until 9pm

More about the Nature Research Center

NC Museum of Forestry

North Carolina Museum of Forestry

The North Carolina Museum of Forestry, a satellite of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, is located in Whiteville, North Carolina. The museum celebrates the natural history and cultural heritage of our forests and forestry.

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