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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm, with procedures and plans in place to help ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

To help make your experience the best it can be, please Know Before You Go.

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of all the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences locations which include downtown Raleigh, Whiteville, and the indoor facilities at Contentnea Creek.

When is the best time to visit NCMNS in downtown Raleigh?

  • Tuesday through Friday is a great time to visit. Typically the Museum is less busy, and the only line you may experience is at 10:00am prior to the Museum opening.
  • We are busiest on Saturday and Sunday. Last entry is at 4:45pm. The building closes at 5:00pm.

Please check this page before visiting, and follow the Museum on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date information. For additional questions email info@naturalsciences.org or see the FAQs. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Know Before You Go

  • Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required for indoor areas of all the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences locations which include downtown Raleigh, Whiteville, and the indoor facilities at Contentnea Creek.
  • Cloth face coverings are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
  • Enhanced cleaning of the facilities will take place multiple times throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are accessible throughout the Museum.
  • Water fountains will not be in use.
  • The Museum’s daily onsite programming is temporarily postponed.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

Download the Museum's Revised Reopening Map

Temporarily Closed Areas

Areas within the downtown Museum that will remain closed during the initial opening period include:

  • Windows on the World (Storytime and Meet the Animals)
  • Living Conservatory (aka “the butterfly room”)
  • Discovery Room
  • The hands-on Investigate Labs and the Naturalist Center
  • Additional small permanent exhibits (areas)
  • Complete list of closed areas on the FAQ page
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Prairie Ridge

Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9am to 4pm (closed on Sunday and Monday). The Bird Blind remains closed to the public at this time. Visit Prairie Ridge’s Facebook page for the latest information.

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Whiteville

Outdoor spaces at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am–4:00pm (closed on Sunday and Monday). Restrooms available. Visit the Whiteville Facebook page for the latest information.

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The NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville is now open Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm, with new, exceptional exhibits, mind-opening programs and educational events that reflect the relevant needs of audiences in northeastern North Carolina.

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Contentnea Creek

Contentnea Creek is now open to the public Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Groups are still welcome to book reservations. Please fill out the form on this page to arrange a group visit or contact Maria McDaniel, maria.mcdaniel@naturalsciences.org for more information. Keep an eye on our events calendar and our Facebook page for special events happening at NCMNS Contentnea Creek.

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If you are looking for additional activities or resources, please visit the Museum's Programs and Events Calendar or NCDCR.gov for complete event listings and information.