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Museum of Life + Science

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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Durham can be proud of this. Fun, entertaining and educational. Staff very helpful and enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
High Point, North Carolina
Great morning or afternoon activity for kids!

Short of a full-scale theme park, it would be hard to find an attraction more likely to satisfy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
King, United States
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The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a science center, a butterfly conservatory which is one of the largest in the world and beautifully-landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. The Museum's Dinosaur Trail takes visitors on a journey through the Late Cretaceous period. Other attractions include a Farmyard, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Contraptions – a hands-on exhibit for older children and adults, a sailboat pond, The Lab in Investigate Health!, Play to Learn – an exhibit for children under six, more than 60 species of live animals and so much more. The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butterfly house” (204 reviews)
“train ride” (67 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (49 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Durham can be proud of this. Fun, entertaining and educational. Staff very helpful and enjoyable visit.

Thank ZaztheOne
Reviewed 1 week ago

Short of a full-scale theme park, it would be hard to find an attraction more likely to satisfy children more than the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. To be certain, there are many things to interest adults as well, but the main focus...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 3 year old for an afternoon and she loved it. So much to see and do that we had to rush to see it all. There was tons more to do but she set the pace. Sprout cafe was a good snack....More

Thank Frontier2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is conveniently located in Durham. It has a large convenient parking lot and also has an overflow parking lot. We spent several mornings during our last few visits to Durham with my grandson who is 21 months old. There are so many interesting...More

Thank Dasher6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is an amazing and adventurous place for all. I toolk visiting friends from Tokyo and Japan. They had a wonderful and interactive time although they speak no English. We were there the entire day and could have gone a second. The outside exhibits...More

Thank geministylist664
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a sunny coldish January day. Our family still spent most of the time outside. The tree-house was the family favorite. Treehouse doesn't accurately describe the area. It is many tree-houses connected by bridges with a fantastic slide to bring the kids back...More

Thank trlinardo
Reviewed 11 January 2018

We purchased an annual pass for our grandkids and family to use, and we took the kids to the museum twice in one month. They loved it both times - especially the outdoor area. The outdoor area is the big draw here, so the middle...More

Thank JoyfulWriter
Reviewed 29 December 2017

This is one of the best science museums I have ever been to! I have visited it twice with my son and 1 year old grandson. They have a membership and visit it often. All the exhibits are beautifully done and age appropriate. The outdoor...More

Thank KarenKroesWeintrob
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Durham’s jewel for people of all ages. The science area is fun for all. We especially like to walk around the outdoor areas experiencing the tree houses, the dinosaur trail, the Bears, Red Wolves, Lemurs and Tortoises. Our Grandchildren enjoy having a butterfly land on...More

Thank durhamite2017
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

We took our grandchildren to ride the train to visit Santa. They loved the walk through the colored lights in the forest, the garden of blow-ups and the ice skating. The best was the decorated train trimmed in lights and riding in the dark. Santa...More

Thank Barbara B
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Amy E
8 August 2017|
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Response from MLSCommunications | Property representative |
Good morning! We have 84-acres of outdoor exhibits as well as a two-story science center, and a cafe and train! I would say that there's plenty to do for children of all ages and abilities!
10 November 2016|
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Response from Ltcjim003 | Reviewed this property |
We took a 9, 7 & 4 year old. All had fun & kept busy. There is a lot to see & do both indoors & outdoors. I recommend going on a nice day so you can do the outdoor activities. Otherwise 2-3 hours might be the max amount of... More
5 July 2016|
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Response from Cindy K | Reviewed this property |
I don't really think teens would be that interested in this place unless they are really into science and nature. Some of the outdoor areas are shaded but its still hot . The butterfly conservatory is like a tropical... More