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Museum of Life + Science

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Beauty and the bugs..

Years ago, our son and his fiancé had their pre-wedding reception there, amongst the giant... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jon H. A
Well worth it if you live in the area

My 1 and a half year old loves this place. Lots to see and do inside and outside. Great for kids up... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jay V
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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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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Years ago, our son and his fiancé had their pre-wedding reception there, amongst the giant cockroaches and other live bug displays (and it was her idea!). It lightened up the conversations, and was great fun. In later years, we have gone there several times with...More

Thank Jon H. A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My 1 and a half year old loves this place. Lots to see and do inside and outside. Great for kids up to 8 or so. The 1x price of $20 a person is a bit much but we got memberships for a year. Pays...More

Thank Jay V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve visit the Durham Science Center many times over the years with children and always been pleased with how much there is for them to do and see - inside and out. Lots and lots of interactive activities and experiences. Plus, I love to see...More

Thank 624kerrit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibition here is not bad but the ticket is too over-priced. For similar price or less, I would recommend the Science Museum in Raleigh, or Life Science Museum in Greensboro, which are way more educative.

Thank Danielist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a terrific place to take the children. As an adult my favorite spots are the outdoor percussion station (really loud but fun) and the barn yard. Petting the animals and just watching them, even the smells make me happy.

Thank catalderman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best place to have fun in Durham NC! Fun for all ages. I have been taking our children and now grandchildren and my classes for years and years. The Museum of Life and Science gets better all the time and I have always enjoyed going.

Thank LID5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is outstanding! Thoughtfully and carefully designed, it’s a delight to visit. All ages of children and adults will be thrilled to experience this very special place.

Thank Judith L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our 4 and 6-year-old and they loved it. There are two distinct areas, an outside and inside. Outside has animals, farmyard, butterfly house, dinosaur trek, and the treehouses! The kids loved the treehouses as they were big enough for adults to play as...More

Thank 847kimberleyt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter and I toured the Museum and grounds all day long (October 7, 2017). Everywhere you turn, this 84-acre playground of the body and mind is entertaining as well as educational! It does not matter how old you are, there is something that will...More

Thank Dayla Kay K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a beautiful place the butterfly house was hotter than outside but it was simply beautiful it was a huge place with so many different things to do inside and out

Thank TinaTB1977
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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!