The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest established museum in North Carolina. The museum’s origins date back to 1879 when the state’s agricultural and geological collections were merged together to create the North Carolina State Museum. The current location of the museum opened in April 2000, making it the largest natural science museum in the Southeastern United States. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, it is the most visited museum in the state with over a million visitors. The Mountain Cove exhibit gives visitors a view of plants and animals found in the secretive mountain coves of North Carolina. The exhibit is on the third floor of the Nature Exploration Center collection at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.