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Museum of Life + Science

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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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A great place for all ages

The museum was a weekly trip when my children were small, but we still go now that they are teens... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bob F
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Durham, North Carolina, Usa
Great place to spend the day

We stopped here on our trip - we could easily spend all day here!!! The inside of the museum was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joann S
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butterfly house” (210 reviews)
“train ride” (69 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (50 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
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+1 919-220-5429
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"great for kids"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum was a weekly trip when my children were small, but we still go now that they are teens. The butterfly house is an oasis as are the outdoor trails. No one would expect to have such beautiful park-like environment in the middle of...More

Thank Bob F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on our trip - we could easily spend all day here!!! The inside of the museum was great!! The outside was fabulous!!! The butterfly house was great! The tree houses were very fun!! The wind area with the boats was also a...More

Thank Joann S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this museum! It’s part zoo, part science center, and has absolutely fantastic outdoor play spaces. We loved the beautiful butterfly pavilion. We could have spent the whole afternoon in the treehouses! As an added bonus, we enjoyed free reciprocal admission with our membership...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We only had part of a day to spend before driving 5 hours home, so we chose to come here. We were NOT disappointed, and could have stayed a full day and a half! Thankfully the weather was gorgeous and we only spent 4 hours...More

Thank SlyC830
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great experience here yesterday. My daughter had a butterfly landed on her at the butterfly house. My son loves the Dino trail. The train is also a lot of fun. If you’re planning on coming more than one day as there’s so...More

Thank lollipopG2002
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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautifully designed children’s science museum and well worth the price. With young children on a nice day, a family could easily spend five hours. Diversity of exhibits is impressive. Mostly hands-on learning inside. Boardwalk nature walks. Butterfly house. A vast, exciting playground...More

Thank Pomommie
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

This museum had a lot of things for kids and adults to do. It will occupy children young and old. Don't miss the outdoor area. it is very large and has a lot for everyone to explore. The butterfly house is especially cool. don't miss...More

Thank CEFJR
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

There are indoor and outdoor activities, plenty of space outside to enjoy a play area, and to see farm animals! Our 3 year old grandson loves this museum. We enjoyed the butterfly garden and the dinosaur walk too. Well worth the admission, this place offers...More

Thank Judy K
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Our 2 year old loves the Life Science Center. His favorite things to do are see the animals of course. The interior animal exhibit is his favorite and currently under renovation to be complete April 2018. The goats, pig, and cows outside are always entertaining....More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

We have been her half a dozen times now, in good and bad weather and it never fails to entertain us and the Grandchildren ( ages 2 & 4). We usually spend 5-6 hours every time were there, so much to see and do we...More

Thank BSTS
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Amy E
August 7, 2017|
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Response from MLSCommunications | 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!
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BackwoodsBecca
November 10, 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
July 4, 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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