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?

General 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 now open Saturday, 10am–4pm and Sunday, noon–4pm.

Is the Museum store open?

The Museum Store in the Nature Exploration Center is open 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Sunday. The Center Store in the Nature Research Center is open 11am–5pm, Wednesday–Sunday. You may also visit our new online store. Shipping and curbside pickup are currently available. Museum Members save 10%.

Are masks required?

Effective Monday, March 7, 2022, masks will be optional in all Museum locations.

Which entrance can I use?

Visitors can enter the Museum through the main entrance of the Nature Exploration Center or either 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 NEW Map

Descarga el NUEVO mapa del museo aquí

Nature Exploration Center

Third Floor

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

Fourth Floor

  • Living Conservatory (butterfly room)

Nature Research Center

First Floor

  • All first floor exhibits are currently off display for renovations and construction of the SECU DinoLab, which will house the Dueling Dinosaurs.

Second Floor

  • Windows on Animal Health
  • Naturalist Center
  • Natural 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
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