I have visited a lot of unique museums over the years but nothing traditional or as a family. I vaguely remember a field trip to a body exhibit in middle school as my first real experience. I would love to revisit that one day when we go back to Florida. I have also visited the Coca-Cola museum (is it a museum? I mostly remember all the soda fountains!) and I am a soda fanatic so this was so much fun! More recently, with my family, I have been to the Train Museum in Bryson City, NC (They have tons of interactive models and displays!) and the Rock Museum in Franklin NC (The building is an old jail with original cells and markings from inmates – really cool!)
I love seeing all the history and having the opportunity to learn with my family.
While visiting a friend in Raliegh, she recommended a science museum that she thought would be great for my toddlers. Oh boy, was it!
At the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, admission is FREE.
That’s right. Free. We didn’t believe it either and walked up to the desk to make sure.
My 2-year-old was thrilled as soon as we walked in. The first display that caught his eye was about electrical currents and he had a blast pushing all the buttons he could push. They also had small aquariums with all sorts of interesting looking fish and a dive tank simulation that looks super cool (we did not go in since there was a line and I have toddlers!).
The dinosaur exhibits were my 4-year-old’s favorite. He loved the replicas and fossils and pointed out each one that we came to. They had all sorts and kinds including T-Rex and Pterodactyl which were my favorite!
There are two sections of the museum which were connected by a sky bridge. The first building had 3 floors and the second had 4 floors. On each huge floor, they had an insect exhibit, an ocean exhibit, an exhibit about wildlife, a food court, a gift shop, and so much more. They utilized the large spaces perfectly and if you didn’t look up, you were probably missing something! They also appeared to have live animal demonstrations but they were done earlier in the morning.
Overall, we spent a couple hours exploring. The entire experience was fantastic and the boys had so much fun and it was truly all ages! If you are in Raliegh (especially if you have kids!) check out this museum and have a blast learning with your family!
Here is the link for their website if you are interested in learning more!
Until our next adventure,