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Museum of Life + Science

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Something for Everyone

I enjoyed visiting here multiple times with my grandchildren. There are live animals and a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rebecca W
Durham, North Carolina
Wonderful Experience

We visited the museum with our 2 year old grandson. Parking is free and convenient. It was... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Betty S
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“train ride”(74 reviews)
“dinosaur trail”(52 reviews)
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...more
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I enjoyed visiting here multiple times with my grandchildren. There are live animals and a butterfly house. A miniature train ride is fun for all ages. The USA space equipment exhibits are great. Lots of small things to do here and there. The weather center...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Rebecca W
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the museum with our 2 year old grandson. Parking is free and convenient. It was obvious our grandson loves this Museum. It is full of hands on exhibits and activities for kids (and grandparents) of all ages! The exhibits in the building seemed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Betty S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This science museum has something for everyone. It is very hands on and has something of interest for every age. I went with my adult children and my 8 month old grandson. We all - even the baby - had a great time. With exhibits...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bonnie P
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a popular museum and great place to visit. I have been here numerous times, including several school field trips. There are many things for children to see and explore. I personally love going to the museum to see the Red Wolves that are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ltownwrangler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting my Brother and his family they recommended a visit to this nature park. It was a beautiful day and the park was really fun. There was more then enough to see and do for the day, and my son enjoyed it. The food...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank destinationZEN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we planned to stay a couple of hours but stayed six! Kids loved it. Literally spent an hour on the sailing boats. They have some really novel stuff there like the flying seed machine. Loved the mix of animals and activities. Also, got a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sauspie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with our 2 and 4 YO and had a great time indoors and out! Was really a fantastic attraction with so much to do. Especially loved the dinosaur digging, butterflies, tree house!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shadow09Columbus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is really big and there's a lot of interesting thing's are happening here. Trains, cosmos, plants, dinosaurs, paleontology, wild animals, physical experiments and even artificial fog! Yep, this place is real treasure!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Makho S
Reviewed November 10, 2018

This was our one and only activity in the Durham area. My children and husband enjoyed themselves. My daughters’ s favorite area was the tree houses. My husband’s favorite area were the musical instruments made out of garage items. My favorite was the butterfly area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank msum_rose
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Visited with grandchildren. Allow at least 4 hours to see everything. Great outdoor amenities and exhibits. Beautiful butterfly house. 2 floors of hands-on interactive science exhibits. A treat for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank John N
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July 3, 2018|
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Response from RGS318 | Reviewed this property |
My friends say it is more crowded on those days, but not enough to make them think twice about attending.
June 5, 2018|
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Response from 512cicie | Reviewed this property |
I believe if you have a membership to another National Park or museum you can get a discount.
August 7, 2017|
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Response from MLS_Marketing_Dept | Property representative |
Good morning! We have 84-acres of outdoor exhibits as well as a two-story science center, and a cafe and train! I would say that there's plenty to do for children of all ages and abilities!