Sit in the center of the Earth to hear a scientist talk. Visit with the “Terror of the South,” the only real Acrocanthosaurus skeleton on display in the world. View beautiful gems and minerals, living snakes and bugs. Through dioramas, theaters and interactive experiences, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings the natural world up close and engages children’s curiosity.
Learn about North Carolina’s geography, geology, plants and animals while visiting exhibits that reveal nature and history from faraway places. You’ll find four floors of interactive exhibits and see a variety of live animals at this beautifully designed museum, the largest of its kind in the Southeast. In the museum’s Nature Research Center wing, observe scientists at work and hear live presentations in the SECU Daily Planet Theater, where movies are projected on a screen three stories high. It’s a great place to unwind and enjoy the sounds of nature or learn about space. Check the museum website to learn when the youngest of visitors can “meet the animals” and enjoy story times in the Nature Exploration Center.