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 recommended?

In compliance with Executive Order 215, face masks are no longer required for visitors in most settings outdoors or indoors at our facilities. We strongly encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing while visiting our facilities.

Face coverings are recommended for:

  • Children between the ages of 5 and 12
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated

Proper face coverings are required indoors for staff at this time.

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

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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