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Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Recent visit on Sunday morning !

I met my two nieces, their husbands and families, three young kids, at the Museum of Life & Science... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Durham, North Carolina
Great place for all ages

I've been a member of the Museum of Life and Science for over five years. I joined to have... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Linda E
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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
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I met my two nieces, their husbands and families, three young kids, at the Museum of Life & Science for an tour. The inside and outside exhibits are all very well done. You start inside, then can choose outside or inside exhibits. The NASA exhibit...More

Thank JosephJ1
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I've been a member of the Museum of Life and Science for over five years. I joined to have special adventures with my grandson when he was three. It is worth every penny, and membership saves even more. I've taken out of town families, friends...More

Thank Linda E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here twice. This is a hands on place for kids and families. Young adults may be a bit bored.

Thank Dennis G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is much more than a museum, although it has fascinating, hands-on, interactive exhibits of science and nature, along with a small zoo featuring bears, red wolves,butterflies, and barnyard animals. It's fun and educational for adults and children alike, an has been a favorite of...More

Thank Editprof
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our grand kids loved this place. What an experience it was to go there and see and participate in their events. It is very well kept up.

Thank b31s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun for the whole family! We were in town for a week and checked this museum out. We were at first weary of spending the money on entrance, but it was well worth it. I had a blast, my wife had a blast and our...More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
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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.
4 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
27 June 2016|
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Response from GundlachB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all day, for Durham County residents with ID.