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Museum of Life + Science

#4 of 77 things to do in Durham Features Animals
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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This is one of the second times i've been to a life and science museum and this one was solid... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
Sal H
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New Haven, Connecticut
Still great after many years

We used to visit this science center with my mom when my first 2 sons were very young. It been... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
David E
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is one of the second times i've been to a life and science museum and this one was solid. Nice science center that is interactive as well as museum-like. Great "zoo" like feel with the animals and the dinosaur park was a good walk...More

Thank Sal H
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We used to visit this science center with my mom when my first 2 sons were very young. It been almost 10 years since our last time there, and we wanted to to take my boys (now 16 & 14) for old-times-sake, plus show it...More

Thank David E
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! That sounds like a great day, David. The Museum loves to be a part of science- and nature-based learning for the entire family. It's a real treat to learn that older kids can enjoy being hands on with out exhibits, as well as enjoying...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017

My daughter wanted to go here for 10th Birthday she had fun and love all activities. .I wish there were more locations to eat food prep associates would were hair nets I refuaed to order food there were alot of kids working no direction. There...More

Thank Macha G
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Loved our visit today! There is so much to see and do! The large outdoor area is like a forested zoo featuring bears, lemurs and wolves. Mama wolf was nursing her little ones. There are dinosaurs to climb, a farm with animals like alpacas and...More

Thank GG12014
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We used to come here a lot (and even had a membership) when our daughter was little. We hadn't been back in many years but signed up for an adult night featuring food and drink samples. The entire grounds were not open but most of...More

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MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks TarHeel! We love getting feedback about our adult-only events, and we try very hard to host one at least once a month. Feel free to check our website often, to see what the newest event is. Thanks so much for your review!

Reviewed 22 June 2017

There are lots of things for children to do at the Museum of Life and Science. There is the Museum proper, with lots of interactive exhibits; there is a train ride, a butterfly house in which you can have butterflies land on your hand, a...More

Thank Bliggens
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I have told so many people about exploring this museum. It is beautifully arranged with lots of incredible exhibits. Looking forward to returning this summer!

Thank baltg
Reviewed 7 June 2017

I will say when we pulled up to the building I was like ok we will see how this go because it looked small...but little did I know how much of it was outside! We got our tickets and picked a time slot for the...More

Thank Mindy S
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

WOW! Thank you so much for your amazing and thorough review! It means so much that you took the time to reach out to us and to detail your trip for the community. We're glad you and your whole family a fun-filled day of science...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

For being a local location it is very awesome to take kids to play Sia zoo and to just get outside and enjoy some air. There is water activities plus lots to see. It's an amazing little treasure to take kids to right in the...More

Thank 342mitchr
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Family fun with our 2 & 5 year old. Easy parking, quick ticket line. Make sure you buy a train ride ticket. So many spots to learn and have fun. The kids could spend hours just at one area. Go early, take drinks and snacks...More

Thank ExecutiveFamily
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thank you so much for your review, ExecutiveFamily! It's great to hear that members of our community enjoy so many aspects of our Museum. We hope you come back and visit us again soon-- we're always adding new features and looking for ways to spark...More

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Amy E
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Response from Idan L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lot to do like learning how washing hands help you, learning about stress, space, and movie making. There is also an outside section with dinosaurs, and farm animals.
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BackwoodsBecca
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
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4NCtravellers
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
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