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Museum of Life + Science

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Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Took Grandchildren to the Museum. They loved it and so did I.

There were very interesting things there for the children, and the Adults as well. We spent two... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Wesley Hills NY
Multi level Museum

Hands on music instruments, train ride, dinosaur walk, butterfly museum and insect museum. Also has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
richard s
Bradenton, Florida
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“butterfly house”(215 reviews)
“train ride”(71 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 3 days ago

There were very interesting things there for the children, and the Adults as well. We spent two hours looking at different displays and nobody got bored.

Thank BarryG444
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands on music instruments, train ride, dinosaur walk, butterfly museum and insect museum. Also has a nice outdoor café. Great for 10 and under.

Thank richard s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for all ages (mine were ages 10 to 15). There is so much to see & do. The staff is welcoming & helpful also. The zookeeper took time to talk to my grandson who is interested in volunteering there as well as...More

Thank 2Paces
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is such a jewel in Durham! We seldom spend less than 2 hours there. It’s like a zoo, science projects, playground and museum all rolled into one. Add in your kid’s first little train ride and a walk with the butterflies, and you’ve...More

Thank JQF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our grandkids to the museum and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The really liked the farm animals and the big playgrounds. The thing theu enjoyed most was the water spray part of the park. They got soaked and had a great time. The indoor...More

Thank SlowPoke59
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 August 14, 2018 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 KellyP3909
Reviewed August 13, 2018 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
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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.
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!