Visitor Info

Directions & Parking

Main building and Nature Research Center

The main Museum building is located at:
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919.707.9800
TTY: 919.715.6464 

Directions to the Museum (Google Maps)

Mailing address: 
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
1626 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1626

The Nature Research Center is across the street at:
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919.707.8080

Car Parking

Parking is available weekdays in several public pay parking decks within walking distance of the Museum.

  • An above-ground lot is located one block east of the Museum, with entrances on Jones and Edenton Streets.
  • The Green Square parking deck is at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets, behind the NRC. The entrance to the deck is on Edenton between Salisbury and McDowell Streets. Exit the deck on the north side and you will be at the back entrance to the NRC.

Limited metered parking is available along Jones and Edenton Streets. Parking is free and abundant on weekends.

For parking choices within walking distance of the Museum, see the downtown map (PDF).
Note: Parking rates at all Downtown State Government Complex parking facilities have increased to $2/hour.

Bus Parking

Bus loading and unloading is available on Jones Street near the Museum entrance. A free bus parking area is located two blocks from the Museum on the corner of Blount and Jones Streets. Overflow bus parking area is located next to the North Carolina Museum of Art on Blue Ridge Road.
Directions to overflow bus parking (Google Maps)

Public Transportation

Amtrak
Greyhound
R-Line
Raleigh Rickshaw Co.
Triangle Transit Authority

http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/get-around/transportation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation is located at:
1671 Gold Star Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
Lat: 35° 48’ 43” North, Long: 78° 42’ 47.5” West
Phone: 919.707.8888
Directions to Prairie Ridge Ecostation (Google Maps)

From I-40

  • Take Exit 289 to Wade Avenue (Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expy.)
  • Stay right and immediately take the Edwards Mill Road /RBC Center Exit. At the end of the ramp turn left (north) onto Edwards Mill Road.
  • Go to the first stoplight (about 0.7 mile) and turn right (east) onto Reedy Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto Gold Star Drive and take the first right into the parking lot, just past the orange Prairie Ridge sign.

From  I-440 (Beltline)

  • Take Exit 4 to Wade Avenue (Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expy.) heading west to I-40.
  • Exit right to Edwards Mill Road/RBC Center. At the end of the ramp, turn right (north) onto Edwards Mill Road.
  • Go to the first stoplight (about 0.7 mile) and turn right (east) onto Reedy Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto Gold Star Drive and take the first right into the parking lot, just past the orange Prairie Ridge sign.

From Hwy. 70 (Glenwood Avenue)

  • At Crabtree Shopping Center, turn south onto Creedmoor Road.
  • Continue on Creedmoor Road, which becomes Edwards Mill Road for about 3 miles.
  • Turn left (east) onto Reedy Creek Road.
  • Turn right onto Gold Star Drive and take the first right into the parking lot, just past the orange Prairie Ridge sign.

Car Parking

A gravel parking lot is located adjacent to the entrance of Prairie Ridge Ecostation.  You will see a fence, kiosk and gate marking the Prairie Ridge entrance just before the drive curves around to the right.

Bus Parking

Limited bus parking is available in the public parking lot.