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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number: +1 919-220-5429
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions....

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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GREAT PLACE !!!!

We are visiting from Oregon. Went here on a Saturday. Place was busy, but there was so much to see and do. You need more than one day for everything. Get your tickets early... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Carrboro, North Carolina
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Living in Durham, we have been several times to this museum, mostly to take seniors from an Assisted Living community. The staff is so accommodating... they have wheelchairs, etc. to use. But the price is off the charts, so we won't be able to go back. Given the butterflies were released early the first time I drove a busload of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are visiting from Oregon. Went here on a Saturday. Place was busy, but there was so much to see and do. You need more than one day for everything. Get your tickets early for the train. Most fun I've had for awhile just watching the children. We liked it so much, my son and his family bought a membership.

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice museum. We were there with five kids, ages 1 1/2, 3, 10, 10 and 15 and everybody had fun. Lots of hands-on interactive exhibits. It was nice how all the exhibits were maintained. Some museums I have been to had broken exhibits with missing parts and such, but not here. Definitely recommend if you are in the area... More 

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Creedmoor, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both kids and their parents will like the Museum. There are hands on activities for the kids to enjoy and learn from. There are also a variety of animals that are often out and available to see and get pictures of. Our family's favorite are the lemurs. And my son loves the space capsule that you can sit in and... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inside offers hands on exploration and nocturnal animal cages. See space crafts and owls. Then begin your tour of the outside. Be sure to visit the tree house, butterfly house, bear enclosure and wolves. This is a gem of a site for families and strollers. Plan to spend 2 or more hours and enjoy this North Carolina scenic urban forests.... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum to bring the family to. Lots to learn. Lots to experiment with. Lots to see and experience. The outside walks to visit the bears, wolves, and lemur are exciting.There is a small "farmyard" with llama, pigs, and chickens. The ourside walkway trail is easy to maneuver. There is a train that covers the property. You... More 

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Merrill
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The fee is free to get in. You can see so much stuff and learn a lot of things inside the museum. It is definitely worth a few hours from your day.

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Roxboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We've taken our grandsons here multiple times; in fact, we have a season family pass. The museum has become a regular part of our lives.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The addition of the cafe is great! My 9 year old granddaughter and I were at the Museum in late July and she had a great time. The expanded number of exhibits have changed this Durham institution from a couple of hours activity to one that could occupy a good part of an entire day. The facility was cleaner than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

One of the best activities to do with kids in the Triangle. Been going since the 1970s as a kid and parent.

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