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Museum of Life + Science

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Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Great place for a peaceful visit, especially with children.

Less a traditional museum than a garden of life, it contains birds, small animals of various kinds... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hillsborough, North Carolina
The kids loved the outside

We spent a total of 4 1/2 hours here. Three hours were spent outside. We didn’t even have time to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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“butterfly house”(214 reviews)
“train ride”(69 reviews)
“dinosaur trail”(47 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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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Less a traditional museum than a garden of life, it contains birds, small animals of various kinds, and most of all, butterflies! Big ones, little ones, and all of them nature's wonders. If you are lucky, they will land on you. There is nothing cuter...More

Thank Bluedogsdaddy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent a total of 4 1/2 hours here. Three hours were spent outside. We didn’t even have time to ride the train. It is an extra cost. Our 2 &4 year olds really enjoyed everything outside. The treetops area and creek were their favorites....More

Thank asnow815
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I learned about bugs and butterfly’s and dinosaurs! The train ride was fun! Oh yes, my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter loved every minute too! It was hot but...... She was tired out by the return to the car!

Thank Ann Marie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Farm animals! Bears! Lemurs! The myst garden and butterfly house. This place is magical for kids and adults alike. Love this place

Thank Kelly P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Honestly they could have done a way better job with employees and the way the whole setup is pretty bad. Don't come here it is a waste of your money and time here.

Thank dylan221
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my niece to this museum for her 1st time. I had taken my teenage kids there years ago when they were younger. The museum has really changed a lot over the years and added more exhibits. The outdoor exhibit is by far the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the museum on a Saturday (kinda busy). This is a very informative museum. Lots of different labs to do hands on things. Has real live animals to see and many exhibits with dinosaur bones. We spent about 2 hours there. We didn't do...More

Thank Pamela G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken elementary and middle school classes on field trips to the MoLS and my own son loved coming here as a child. It's a great way to spend time enjoying nature and participating in fun learning activities, both inside and outside.

Thank Car0linagirl82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked our visit so much during a birthday party that we signed up for a membership. We go about once a month, take visitors, and just a quick whim for our kids to enjoy. Even adults, myself, enjoy the treehouse and outdoor stream. So many...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum to take the children! Museum has offer community days which are free to Durham residents! Great things for children to do indoors and outdoors!

Thank okebranch27713
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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 Cici E | Reviewed this property |
I believe if you have a membership to another National Park or museum you can get a discount.
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!