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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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What a wonderful place!!

We visit Durham several times a year to attend sporting events at Duke. On our latest trip, we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
j k
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Great Day

Went with grandson. He had a blast going through the dinosaur trail, going to the insectarium... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visit Durham several times a year to attend sporting events at Duke. On our latest trip, we stopped by the Museum for our first visit (based on a recommendation from a relative in Raleigh). We wish we had allotted much than the two hours...More

Thank j k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with grandson. He had a blast going through the dinosaur trail, going to the insectarium, seeing all the animals and seeing the exhibits. The train ride was fun also. Spent 4 hours there, which is a record for us. Will be coming back.

Thank likestotravelNc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Will attend a wedding there at 7pm tonight, so we came first thing today to wear our 2 yr old out. If we hadnt mentioned that at ticket counter, we wouldnt have known we qualified for a discount! More than enough to keep ages 2...More

Thank SoccerMomBossyPants
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our granddaughter, almost three, for the first time just to check it out. While a lot of the science and math interactive exhibits were clearly beyond her age, there were so many natural science exhibits and activities to keep her interested and occupied....More

Thank BobnearRaleigh
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an annual pass holder, and I take my son to the museum about once a month on average. There is so much for kids to do, and they have been adding and renovating a lot in the last two years. The tree house...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to the Life and Science museum. Inside and outside activities were great for the very young to older individuals. This is such a great place to spend many days, frequently.

Thank S536DSjane
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the pleasure of visiting again recently after a long absence. I like the new attractions (re-vamped dinosaur walk, re-vamped train ride, and the climbing area) and was glad to visit the butterfly house, the space exhibits and the toddler spaces.

Thank lizhenderson23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love going to this museum. We always have so much fun, and never run out of things to do. If you have a few hours to kill and want to keep your kids happy and occupied, this is the place to be.

Thank Aline R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with our son, daughter-in-law and their 2 children (2 & 4). This definitely is a family place. All that we saw (1/2 day) was dedicated to kids and learning! Will keep little ones very busy-inside and outside! All "hands-on" for them. My husband...More

Thank Karenssaa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to visit with kids. So much to see and do. As a visitor from UK !I am amazed that this is a public funded resource. Not to be missed!

Thank Paul B
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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