1. General Information
  2. Temporary Closures
  3. Accessibility Information

General Information

What are your hours?

The Museum in downtown Raleigh is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm; closed Mondays.

What is the last time to enter the Museum?


How long can I stay inside the Museum?

Once inside the Museum, guests may stay as long as they like until closing time at 5:00 pm.

How much does it cost to visit?

Admission to the Museum is free.

Is dining available?

The Café is operating with special efforts in place to protect the health and safety of patrons. Indoor and outdoor patio seating is set up with social distancing in place, and the Café is also offering online ordering at thedailyplanetcafe.com with curbside pickup. Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm; Saturday, 9am–4pm and Sunday, 10am–4pm. A reservation is not required to make a purchase at the Café. The Acro Café is closed at this time.

Is the Museum store open?

The Museum Store in the Nature Exploration Center is open 11am–4:45pm, Tuesday–Sunday at limited capacity. The Center Store in the Nature Research Center is open 11am–4:45pm, Thursday–Sunday. Please visit our new online store. Shipping and curbside pickup are now available. Museum Members save 10%.

Are masks required?

The city of Raleigh is mandating face masks for everyone starting on Friday, August 13 at 5 pm. Everyone, including those who have already got their shot, are required to wear masks indoors in public until further notice.

Which entrance can I use?

Visitors can enter the Museum through the main entrance of the Nature Exploration Center or the Jones Street entrance of the Nature Research Center.

How can I support the Museum?

Donations help us keep science education and research going strong for all North Carolinians. Donate now! Become a member and enjoy new virtual Member-exclusive offerings as a thank you for your support. Join today!

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Temporary Closures

Download the Museum’s Revised Reopening Map

Nature Exploration Center

Second Floor

  • Wildlife Photography Gallery
  • Discovery Room

Third Floor

  • Windows on the World (including Storytime & Meet the Animals)

Fourth Floor

  • Living Conservatory (butterfly room)
  • Acro Café

Nature Research Center

First Floor

  • Exploring the Deep Sea (Submersible)

Second Floor

  • Windows on Animal Health
  • Immersion Theater
  • Naturalist Center
  • Natural World Investigate Lab

Third Floor

  • Micro World Investigate Lab
  • Visual World Investigate Lab
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Accessibility Information

Unavailable Services

  • Guided Tactile Tours
  • Sensory-Friendly Programs and Events
  • Strollers
  • Assisted Listening Devices
  • Movie Transcripts
  • Some touch screens
  • Onsite programs at Prairie Ridge
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