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Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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A lot to Learn

We had a really great experience visiting this museum. The atmosphere is great, the exhibitions... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2016
cprieto73
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Miami, Florida
MUSEUM OF LIFE + SCIENCE, DURHAM, NC

With an out-of-town friend, we spent a couple hours following the outdoor trails and paths of the... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2016
GundlachB
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Durham, NC
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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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“butterfly house” (190 reviews)
“train ride” (59 reviews)
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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 4 April 2016

We had a really great experience visiting this museum. The atmosphere is great, the exhibitions fabulous.

Thank cprieto73
Reviewed 4 April 2016

With an out-of-town friend, we spent a couple hours following the outdoor trails and paths of the museum on a beautiful spring day. There are so many indoor and outdoor exhibits that it’s hard to choose how to spend your time. We began our trip...More

2  Thank GundlachB
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great place for kids and adults. We spent several hours there. Quite a bit of walking outside which was very nice, the indoor activities are numerous and could be good for a rainy day.

2  Thank aksharpes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

A beautiful indoor and outdoor space to help kids of all ages meet and greet nature! Ideal for all weather!

Thank Ana F
Reviewed 3 April 2016

My son and I visited the museum to see the area while my husband and daughter were on a college tour a Duke. At first, I was worried that my son wouldn't enjoy the park as it seemed from the outset to be geared toward...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Brought my boys, ages 6 and 12. At first glance, my 12 year old was mortified that it seemed like only little kids here but both kids ended up loving it. It was a holiday and the line to enter was long so we did...More

1  Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

We were visiting my new nephew and spent a family day at this wonderful establishment. Nephew is a year a half old and my daughter is eleven. Both the kids and adults loved every second. The parking lots were full to capacity, yet you felt...More

Thank BrettLoehr
Reviewed 2 April 2016

With new additions and exhibits, there's always a good reason to visit. The kids never tire of the butterfly house or the new climbing/play exhibit. This is a great way to spend a free afternoon.

Thank fotoamazonas
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Avoid the cafe! We got in line about 12:20. At 1:00, we realized there was no way we could order and eat lunch in time to catch our 1:30 train. So, we explored some more and came back afterwards. The line was just as long....More

Thank D L
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We visited with our teen and 7-year-old and had a wonderful time. We visited during spring break so we weren't prepared for the line to enter, but it was a beautiful spring day and the line moved at an okay pace. Staff knowledgeable and courteous,...More

Thank RoadTripNJ429
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BackwoodsBecca
has anyone tried the Santa train at this museum? is it fun, worth the price?
10 November 2016|
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
its a little pricy but my kids who at the time were 2-4 loved it. They have a few other things for kids to enjoy like little workshops and play place and face painting. Worth it at least one time.
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4NCtravellers
Would this attraction be good for teens? And are the outdoor areas shady and cool enough for in Summer? Is there food for purchase? How expensive?
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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kaylindaa
Is it free all day on the day that it is free for Durham citizens?
28 June 2016|
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Response from GundlachB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all day, for Durham County residents with ID.
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