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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number:
+1 919-220-5429
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

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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A great place for both young and old, anytime of the year.

From dinosaurs to butterflies to bears, the museum has a plethora of both indoor and outdoor experiences including an awesome playground and fun train ride.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From dinosaurs to butterflies to bears, the museum has a plethora of both indoor and outdoor experiences including an awesome playground and fun train ride.

Thank jerryanddiane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My children and I have been visiting this museum since they were 9 months old and they have yet to tire of the place. Even at 12 and 13, they can still find places and aspects of the museum to enjoy. Their desire to return always suits this 43 YO mother perfectly, as I still love the dinosaur walk, the... More 

Thank Stacey W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum of Life & Science in Durham is a place where every kid should get to visit. There is SO much to do and it is a BLAST for the entire family. I love that there is so much outdoor space with places to free-play for children. My son had so much fun at our visit. I wish we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I bought a family one year membership for our son, daughter in law and 2 grandchildren (15 months and 3 years old). We live in Kentucky and went with them while visiting in Durham. WOW, we're we pleased. Even in winter, this is a fascinating, educational and fun place. Train rides and an outdoor huge tree house.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent option for a sunny day and pre-teen children. The treehouse area is very large and the kids can play for hours. The Dinosaur trail digging area is another great spot for the little kids to play forever. Walking the trails to see the an animals (wolves, bears, etc.) is great exercise. The butterfly and insect house is big fun... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the coolest "museums" I have ever been to. It is a nice mixture of children's museum, tiny zoo, nature path, and playground. This place was much bigger and better than I ever expected! It was a little disappointing because the power went out the day we went there (which was a hot July day). But most... More 

Thank Gil S
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We(& all other families who visited with us) LOVE this place. So much to learn, discover here. It's like all those boring science books came to life in the most extraordinary way. Kids enjoy, learn, tinker with tools, marvel at what they see and never want to leave. It's a parent's dream come true. You're doing your child a great... More 

Thank mjk692
Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up visiting this museum, and it's only gotten better as the years have passed! I recently visited with my in laws and little nephews (and my 2 month old babe) and I was pleasantly surprised with how it has improved! (And how it's stroller friendly) My favorite additions were the giant tree houses! How neat! The outside is... More 

Thank Meredith S
Havelock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We visited this museum as a family - parents, kids 2 to 8, and grandparents. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Two floors of education in the main building, with lots of hands-on activities the kids could easily take part in. Some activities included on-board staff - and they were all great! If you visit Durham with your kids, don't... More 

Thank JRW49
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A great place to learn about science through hands on activity. Farm animals, wild animals, tree house complete with rope ladders, etc. There is a separate place for picnics. Lots of learning to do on the inside as well. Really enjoyed the Butterfly house, some will even land on you!

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