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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number:
+1 919-220-5429
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions....

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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My wife & I when with my daughter & three young kids. We really liked the outside areas. There were at 10 different to explore. They have a farm where the kids got to pet a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife & I when with my daughter & three young kids. We really liked the outside areas. There were at 10 different to explore. They have a farm where the kids got to pet a few animals. The kids had some much fun digging for fossils in the Dinosaur Trail & playing in the small stream in the Hideaway... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here with our adult children. It is definitely a museum geared towards younger children. We had a good time walking around and playing with exhibits. We learned a lot just by being adults. Had a good time too. Young children would love this place.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoy the variety of activities and appreciate that there is lots to do. Our toddler especially enjoys the train ride.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From butterflies and trains to splash pads and tree houses this science center has it all and is a must see.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for any age. Live animals . Butterfly house indoor and outdoor activities. Lots of hands on for the children. Busy from opening to close. Two days would be better to see it all. Also has a train ride around park.

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Thank jeanncnc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Museum of Life and Science is, hands down, the best and most engaging place I've taken my kids for a learning/fun day. The 3 boys and I have easily spent 6 hours there happily. There is something for every age child indoors and out. Their outdoor exhibits alone could occupy the children for days on end. There are plenty... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family was visiting after a flight, the exhibits were great and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks!

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so much to this indoor/outdoor museum. Much of it is interactive exhibits, and a few live animals. On a Sunday afternoon it wasn't terribly crowded, but there were lots of kids having an good time. There is just so much to see and do here. It's completely worth the entry fee, which is $16 for adults.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent most of my time on the outdoor area because the indoor was far too juvenile, crowded and noisy. For all the science education here, was disappointed that NOT ONE plant or tree is identified. NOT ONE. Needs to have prominent disclaimer on website for first time visitors that this is a kids' ("family") interactive place, a fact I only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been taking my kids to the museum for the 10 years we've lived here. We just saw the Microbe exhibit. It's always fun. So much to see you can spend hours wandering.....

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