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NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Raleigh , NC
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LOCATION

11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 US (map)

PHONE

919-707-9845

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Imagine dancing with dinosaurs and mingling among live animals. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ dramatic spaces make wonderful events possible. Featuring seven floors of... Read more
Imagine dancing with dinosaurs and mingling among live animals. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ dramatic spaces make wonderful events possible. Featuring seven floors of state-of-the-art exhibits, the facility is the largest natural science museum in the Southeast. Its spectacular exhibits include a waterfall, a mountainscape, live animals, whale skeletons, dinosaurs, live butterflies, and unusual insects.

The Museum accommodates evening events hosting up to 2,250 guests. Work with the Museum's exclusive caterer to prepare the menu you desire for your special event. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Eclectic, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
2250
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Shannon589
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
Loved having our wedding reception here. It not only was a unique experience, but it also was not that expensive. It honestly was the best/lowest priced venue that we had looked at in the area. Best part is you don't really have to decorate because the museum speaks for itself. Staff was extremely friendly from the tour to pick a floor(s) all the way through the actual event day. Communication was good with email check in's leading up to the event. Booking the museum was easy and any questions we had were answered in a timely manner. The only con that some people may feel is that you have to use their preferred caterer who is Rocky Top. This was not an issue for my husband and I, as we absolutely love Rocky Top's food and planned on using them before we started looking at venues. The plus side is you do not have to worry about them booking up, because as a part of the contract they have to be available. (This is an update to what we previously wrote. We are still happy with the museum, but are not entirely thrilled with the amount of time it took for them to cash our check. It took them over 90 days to cash in our check, so be aware that they seem to can take a long time to actually cash it in. Unfortunately we thought it had been cashed awhile ago with the rest of the wedding stuff so it was a bit of a shock when we saw it.)
Loved having our wedding reception here. It not only was a unique experience, but it also was not that expensive. It Read more...
Loved having our wedding reception here. It not only was a unique experience, but it also was not that expensive. It honestly was the best/lowest priced venue that we had looked at in the area. Best part is you don't really have to decorate because the museum speaks for itself. Staff was extremely friendly from the tour to pick a floor(s) all the way through the actual event day. Communication was good with email check in's leading up to the event. Booking the museum was easy and any questions we had were answered in a timely manner. The only con that some people may feel is that you have to use their preferred caterer who is Rocky Top. This was not an issue for my husband and I, as we absolutely love Rocky Top's food and planned on using them before we started looking at venues. The plus side is you do not have to worry about them booking up, because as a part of the contract they have to be available. (This is an update to what we previously wrote. We are still happy with the museum, but are not entirely thrilled with the amount of time it took for them to cash our check. It took them over 90 days to cash in our check, so be aware that they seem to can take a long time to actually cash it in. Unfortunately we thought it had been cashed awhile ago with the rest of the wedding stuff so it was a bit of a shock when we saw it.) Read less
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Monica
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
My ceremony took place on the 4th floor of the new Nature Research Center and the reception was on the 3rd floor of the museum (the dinosaur floor). Being scientists ourselves, this was the perfect place for my husband and I to marry. Everyone behind the scenes there made the day exceedingly perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better venue! Many of our guests even came early to explore and absolutely loved it! One of the best parts (for me) was that there was hardly any "decorating" that had to occur since you are already in a museum with amazing exhibits all around you!
My ceremony took place on the 4th floor of the new Nature Research Center and the reception was on the 3rd floor of the Read more...
My ceremony took place on the 4th floor of the new Nature Research Center and the reception was on the 3rd floor of the museum (the dinosaur floor). Being scientists ourselves, this was the perfect place for my husband and I to marry. Everyone behind the scenes there made the day exceedingly perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better venue! Many of our guests even came early to explore and absolutely loved it! One of the best parts (for me) was that there was hardly any "decorating" that had to occur since you are already in a museum with amazing exhibits all around you! Read less
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Bonnie
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Stephanie was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and made time to meet and discuss the event on several occasions.
Stephanie was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and made time to meet and discuss the event on several Read more...
Stephanie was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and made time to meet and discuss the event on several occasions. Read less
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Leigh
Wedding:
3/27/2010
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was beautiful and we had so many compliments on the venue!
Our wedding reception was beautiful and we had so many compliments on the venue!
Our wedding reception was beautiful and we had so many compliments on the venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
The Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences was a phenomenal place for our wedding! We had the 4th floor for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the 1st floor for the dinner reception and dancing. The venue is beautiful with the marvelous exhibits surrounding us while we got married, took pictures, ate and danced. Our guests were blown away by this museum and were making plans to return so they can take time to see it all. The building has a feeling of spaciousness but also intimate at the same time. The conference room made a perfect ceremony space. We added lighting to soften the room and with the chuppah the space had a warm and cozy feel to it. The 4th floor terrace was lovely with the great view from above and the floor to ceiling windows made it all light and open. The first floor was for dinner and dancing. The DJ set up in the theater-that was fabulous! And we had a photo slide show that played while we danced. The wedding party made an entrance down the big stairs-that looked great! And the tables were spread throughout the exhibits which were a fun backdrop for the party. Our guests said it was the absolute best place they had been for a wedding. We could not agree more! Sydney and her staff were wonderful to work with.
The Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences was a phenomenal place for our wedding! We had the 4th floor Read more...
The Research Center at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences was a phenomenal place for our wedding! We had the 4th floor for the ceremony and cocktail hour and the 1st floor for the dinner reception and dancing. The venue is beautiful with the marvelous exhibits surrounding us while we got married, took pictures, ate and danced. Our guests were blown away by this museum and were making plans to return so they can take time to see it all. The building has a feeling of spaciousness but also intimate at the same time. The conference room made a perfect ceremony space. We added lighting to soften the room and with the chuppah the space had a warm and cozy feel to it. The 4th floor terrace was lovely with the great view from above and the floor to ceiling windows made it all light and open. The first floor was for dinner and dancing. The DJ set up in the theater-that was fabulous! And we had a photo slide show that played while we danced. The wedding party made an entrance down the big stairs-that looked great! And the tables were spread throughout the exhibits which were a fun backdrop for the party. Our guests said it was the absolute best place they had been for a wedding. We could not agree more! Sydney and her staff were wonderful to work with. Read less
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agwhitley
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.8/5.0
A fabulous, unique venue for our wedding. Guests enjoyed looking through the exhibits and walking around the museum, especially during cocktail hour (which we held on the 2nd floor). Tables fit nicely in the space, and we were able to seat 180 guests for a seated, plated dinner (with a bit of room to spare) on the third floor. There were some restrictions regarding amplified music - the dance floor had to be in a specific room, but it worked out quite well. It was nice for older guests - they could stay at their tables away from the loud music while the younger guests enjoyed the dance area (which was connected to the dinner area, but slightly separated - not the traditional tables-around-dance-floor setup). The perfect venue if you want a casual, memorable, fun event. The feedback we got most was "fun" - and the location downtown can't be beat - we took photos at the Capitol, and took a rickshaw back to the hotel after a sparkler exit on the plaza - guests were able to walk to nightlife following the reception. Stephanie was very helpful and responsive to all of our questions. Very affordable, and you can bring your own caterer, which is cost-effective, and gives you more control/options with the food and beverage.
A fabulous, unique venue for our wedding. Guests enjoyed looking through the exhibits and walking around the museum, Read more...
A fabulous, unique venue for our wedding. Guests enjoyed looking through the exhibits and walking around the museum, especially during cocktail hour (which we held on the 2nd floor). Tables fit nicely in the space, and we were able to seat 180 guests for a seated, plated dinner (with a bit of room to spare) on the third floor. There were some restrictions regarding amplified music - the dance floor had to be in a specific room, but it worked out quite well. It was nice for older guests - they could stay at their tables away from the loud music while the younger guests enjoyed the dance area (which was connected to the dinner area, but slightly separated - not the traditional tables-around-dance-floor setup). The perfect venue if you want a casual, memorable, fun event. The feedback we got most was "fun" - and the location downtown can't be beat - we took photos at the Capitol, and took a rickshaw back to the hotel after a sparkler exit on the plaza - guests were able to walk to nightlife following the reception. Stephanie was very helpful and responsive to all of our questions. Very affordable, and you can bring your own caterer, which is cost-effective, and gives you more control/options with the food and beverage. Read less
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MarriedScienceTeacher
Wedding:
8/9/2010
4.5/5.0
An excellent/different location for a reception. Being a science teacher, it was a very cool backdrop that really connected to my personality. Everyone was very professional and did an excellent job. The recommended vendors turned out fantastic and the staff at the museum was very open to helping with all factors of the reception. Overall we really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others!
An excellent/different location for a reception. Being a science teacher, it was a very cool backdrop that really Read more...
An excellent/different location for a reception. Being a science teacher, it was a very cool backdrop that really connected to my personality. Everyone was very professional and did an excellent job. The recommended vendors turned out fantastic and the staff at the museum was very open to helping with all factors of the reception. Overall we really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others! Read less
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