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–4pm; 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 4:00 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 will be closed during this initial phase.

Is the Museum store open?

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

Are masks required?

Proper face coverings are required at this time for staff and visitors (age 5 and up), per Gov. Cooper’s Executive Order. Wear a mask to keep those near you safe. (Exceptions are provided for health or religious reasons)

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

Nature Exploration Center

First Floor

  • WRAL 3D Theater

Second Floor

  • Wildlife Photography Gallery
  • Discovery Room
  • Nature’s Explorers Hall
  • Science Needs You

Third Floor

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

Fourth Floor

  • Living Conservatory (butterfly room)
  • Acro Café
  • Terror of the South Overlook

High-touch exhibit elements

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

High-touch exhibit elements

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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
  • The Nature Research Center entrance connecting to the Green Square Parking Deck will not be open to the public.
  • Onsite programs at Prairie Ridge
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