North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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4.9 out of 5.0
Guest capacity 10 to 2,000
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About North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

NC Museum of Natural Sciences is a historic wedding venue located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. They pride themselves on being the largest natural history museum in the Southeast. Your guests will experience a dramatic two-story waterfall, a beautiful mountain cove, live animals, whale skeletons and amazing dinosaurs at this one-of-a-kind venue. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences allows you to support important exhibits, research and educational programs as you host your wedding at their unique location.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 2,250 guests at this spacious venue. They offer five floors on their Nature Exploration Center and four floors on their Nature Research Center for both intimate ceremonies and grand receptions. Their second floor Featured Exhibition Gallery in their main building is a lofty space that can accommodate up to 625 guests. Your loved ones will enjoy the Mountains to the Sea exhibit as you dance the night away. On the fourth floor of the Nature Research Center, you can rent out the spacious William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Center. This expansive space is perfect for lavish affairs. It features custom-made reclaimed wood, three projectors and a catering kitchen. It can easily be divided for smaller weddings, and boasts an outdoor rooftop terrace.

Services Offered
This modern museum will assist you with setup and cleanup for your event. They offer a variety of event rentals, such as tables and chairs, to ensure your celebration is stress-free. Wireless Internet is available throughout their venue, along with plenty of complimentary parking for your friends and family. Couples can also elect to have museum educators interact with their guests and help them explore natural objects, specimens and other materials. Additional services include:

  • In-house caterer
  • Security
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Wheelchair accessible


Cuisine
NC Museum of Natural Sciences works exclusively with Rocky Top Catering to create a delicious menu for you and your guests. Their goal is for their food to reflect your tastes, themes and any cultural influences you may have. Couples can choose hors d'oeuvres, action stations, a buffet or a plated meal. They also offer scrumptious desserts, dips and displays. Sample buffet items include:

  • Mediterranean Chicken
  • Roasted Cuban Pork Loin
  • Sliced Bistro Steak
  • Shrimp and Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese
  • Atlantic Salmon

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Delish Decor
Nighttime Gala
Nighttime Gala
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Hidden Gems
Dino-Night!
Dino-Night!
Under the Sea of Love
Under the Sea of Love
Dancing Under the Dinosaurs
Dancing Under the Dinosaurs
Window Seat
Window Seat
A View Unlike Any Other
A View Unlike Any Other
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Cocktail Reception
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Holding hands
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Black round table setup
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Wide space
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15 Reviews for North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Recommended by 99% of couples


4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Lora (Mob) · Married on 12/28/2018

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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Beautiful venue!

    The Museum of Natural Sciences was the perfect choice for our wedding reception! The space was warm, inviting and beautiful which also meant we only needed minimal decorations. The Nature Research Center was ample space for our 130 guests, 14 round tables, buffet, waffle bar station, and much more. The marble staircase made it possible for the wedding party to make a grand entrance. The Daily Planet provided the most incredible dance floor with soft blue hues highlighting the walls behind the space set up for a DJ. Guests were able to dance, observe from the upper levels, meander through the museum exhibits and mingle with friends. It was a pleasure working with Sydney, we couldn't have asked for a better experience or a better venue.

    Sent on 01/03/2019

    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences's reply:

    Lora, thank you for the lovely review! It was a pleasure working with you and your family for Brie and Matt's wedding. We look forward to seeing you all at the Museum in the future!
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    Lydia · Married on 10/13/2018

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    Beautiful venue!

    The Museum of Natural Sciences was an amazing place to hold our wedding ceremony and reception. They were able to accommodate all of our requests and were very helpful from the initial tour all the way through the end of our reception. Communication was excellent, and the all of the staff members were courteous and professional. Highly recommend!

    Sent on 10/24/2018

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Pricing

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 1198
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1198
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1198
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1198
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Parking
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    2000
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    10
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    10
  • Describe your venue:
    Government Building
    Historic Building
    Museum
    Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    October
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    July
    August
    September
    November

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2 Wedding Deals & Discounts

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    10% discount for WeddingWire couples
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    Weekday Weddings (Sunday - Thursday)

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Tables

At North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Cake Cutting

What are the most important characteristics of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for wedding events is known for:

  • Government Building
  • Historic Building
  • Museum
  • Rooftop

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have available for wedding events?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offer?

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences currently offers 1 special WeddingWire promotion and 1 offer promotion for wedding services.