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NC's most visited museums & historic sites

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For the first time a list ranking the attendance of North Carolina's 385 museums and historic sites was compiled by Carolina Publishing Associates. This is the top 25 for 2004:

1) Biltmore Estate, Asheville - 881,273

2) North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh - 700,000

3) Fort Macon Historic Site, Atlantic Beach - 600,000

4) Discovery Place, Charlotte - 555,040

5) Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills - 498,947

6) Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo - 279,112

7) North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh - 263,496

8) Exploris Museum, Raleigh - 250,373

9) North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham - 240,000

10) North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh - 222,690

11) North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville - 200,147

12) Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington - 189,699

13) North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort - 187,933

14) Mint Museum, Charlotte - 163,000

15) Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville - 156,569

16) Hendrick Motorsports Museum, Charlotte - 150,000

17) Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee - 120,243

18) Old Salem, Winston-Salem - 110,982

19) State Capitol Building, Raleigh - 108,034

20) Roush Racing Museum, Concord - 100,000

21) Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock - 100,000

22) North Carolina Transportation Museum, Spencer - 97,739

23) Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem - 91,059

24) SciWorks Science Center, Winston-Salem - 86,097

25) Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee - 85,146

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i had no idea the discovery place brought that many people in! i do like seeking a good imax movie there every now and then.

i've only been to 8 of the 25 listed!

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