Visitor Info

Hours & Admissions

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Nature Research Center Hours

Monday–Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9 am–5 pm
Thursdays and First Fridays: 9am-9pm
Sunday: Noon–5 pm
 

Nature Exploration Center Hours

Monday–Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 9 am–5 pm
Thursdays: 9am-5pm
First Fridays: 9am-9pm
Sunday: Noon–5 pm

Note: The Living Conservatory is closed on Mondays

Dates Closed 2014

  • Monday, September 29
  • Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday, December 24 & Thursday, December 25 (Christmas)
  • Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year's Day)

Admissions

General Admission is free, although donations are cheerfully accepted. There is a cover charge for the Rainforest Adventure special exhibit and 3D movies. Discounts are available!
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Research Center

Hours

Same as the main building (above), except as noted.
The Naturalist Center and Labs close an hour before the rest of the NRC.

 


Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Hours

Monday–Saturday: 9 am–4:30 pm
Sunday: noon–4:30 pm
The main gate is locked at 5 pm daily.

Closed on state holidays.  You can find a list of state holidays on the State Office of Human Resources site.

Admissions

Free

Rules and Regulations

Prairie Ridge was established to protect wildlife, provide outdoor learning opportunities and promote respect for natural resources.

Do:

  • Carry out all trash and litter
  • Enjoy the natural sounds
  • Park in designated areas only
  • Leave your bike in the racks provided
  • Leave plants, animals, and minerals as you find them

Don’t:

  • Bring dogs or other pets
  • Play amplified music
  • Use campfires, firearms or fireworks
  • Bring or consume alcoholic beverages on premises
  • Smoke on property