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 much does it cost to visit?

General admission to the Museum is free. There is a fee for 3D movies and some special exhibitions.

Is dining available?

At the Daily Planet Café in the Nature Research Center, indoor and outdoor patio seating is available. The Café is also offering online ordering. 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 in the Nature Exploration Center is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am–4pm.

Is there a gift shop?

The Museum Store on the first floor of the Nature Exploration Center is open 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Sunday. The Center Store on the first floor of the Nature Research Center is open 11am–5pm, Wednesday–Sunday. You may also visit our online store. Museum Members save 10%.

How do I enter the Museum?

Download the Museum's NEW Map

Descarga el NUEVO mapa del museo aquí

There are three entrances to the Museum. The entrance to The Nature Exploration Center is at 11 W. Jones Street off Bicentennial Plaza. The Nature Research Center has a front entrance at 121 W. Jones Street and a second entrance behind the Green Square parking deck at 120 W. Edenton Street.

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

Where do the buildings connect?

The Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center are connected by an indoor bridge on the second floor, and an outdoor bridge on the third floor.

Where are the dinosaurs?

Our dinosaurs are located on the third floor of both buildings.

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

Fourth Floor

  • Living Conservatory (Butterfly Room)
  • Open seasonally

Nature Research Center

First Floor

  • The SECU DinoLab, which will house the Dueling Dinosaurs, will open in April, 2024.
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Accessibility Information

For current accommodations and special programs, please see the Accessibility section

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