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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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Interesting - interactive for all ages.

I went with several children of varying ages. 5yrs to 12years and they all found something they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Betty E
What a wonderful place to visit.

There were lots of young kids at the museum, but as adults with a college freshman, we had a great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Honeoye, New York
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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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“butterfly house” (198 reviews)
“train ride” (66 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (46 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

I went with several children of varying ages. 5yrs to 12years and they all found something they enjoyed. And I will have to say I learned several things myself. This is a great place for a family or group outing.

Thank Betty E
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were lots of young kids at the museum, but as adults with a college freshman, we had a great time. Spent a few hours there and ran out of time to see it all. First time my husband had been to a butterfly solarium...More

Thank Honeoye14471
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to bring your family and small children (2-7) , it doesn’t really show it on the trip advisor page but this primarily a place for families. The parking fills up quickly so be aware of that. Additionally, this is one...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for families and friends or anyone who loves nature. Also it’s a very good place to relax n nurture yourself soulfully...I’ll go back again and again.

Thank yboujida60
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is so nice and helpful. My daughter love the museum. The butterflies’ exhibit is our families’ favorite.

Thank KCC1006
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandsons here last week and loved it! They have a tree house collection where the kids can navigate over lots of bridges and tree houses. We saw red wolves in a large compound and black bears. They explored the dinosaur area, skipped...More

Thank Jerrie F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since we were there last they have added many hands-on exhibits inside and outside. Just when you think they couldn't get any better, they do. This place isn't just for kids. It covers 84 acres and the paths are very easy to walk. We love...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

4 adults visited this location. We had fun especially watching all the kids. We enjoyed a beautiful day walking the paths visiting the lemurs and wolves .The bear exhibit was closed.

Thank fran a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my family's favorite spots. We're in our 3rd year of membership because we love this place. Great for all kinds of days. Rainy and cold outside? Museums indoor areas have lots of kid friendly activities and space to run, build, move. Weather gorgeous...More

Thank Josh S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Kids you take should be in the mood to pay attention and do fun learning, otherwise they will be board

Thank Lucy Z
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Amy E
7 August 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!
10 November 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
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