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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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Wow! I wish my hometown had a museum like this!

I was looking for someplace to take my 2 year old grandchild that would be fun and educational. I... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2016
Lynn W
Jacksonville, Florida
Great family outing .

I love butterflies and I went because of the butterfly observatory . There is a lot more to this... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2016
Cindy K
Kershaw, South Carolina
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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” (197 reviews)
“train ride” (66 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (43 reviews)
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

I was looking for someplace to take my 2 year old grandchild that would be fun and educational. I found it at this museum/zoo/playground !! There is a butterfly atrium with hundreds of butterflies all around, a small farm animal area with llamas, pigs, cows...More

1  Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 16 June 2016

I love butterflies and I went because of the butterfly observatory . There is a lot more to this place than butterflies . Kids will LOVE it . The first thing I noticed when I walked outside the museum was a large sandbox filled with...More

Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We love going to the museum -- inside and out! Especially now with the treehouses. Our grandchildren have season passes so they are there a lot. A mini zoo, butterfly house, dinosaur trail, petting zoo, treehouses, and that's just outside! Inside is a true science...More

Thank Kathy49092
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

I was there 2 weeks ago with a friend and her kids. They loved it!!!! Is really fun. The place have an inside area really cool for hot days when the sun is unbearable you can stay there the whole day there is a lot...More

Thank Cyril M
Reviewed 14 June 2016

I have been taking Sunday School classes on trips here for years. It is a wonderful place for learning without being boring.

Thank Allraceschurch W
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

The museum is not very exciting. It's too spread out and there's not much to it. Fun for little kids.

Thank KimSnow1991
Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Paid the full adult admission of $18 per person. Did not feel like we got our money's worth. I was very interested in the Butterfly house. This area felt very small to me. We've been to butterfly exhibits in other cities and they just seemed...More

1  Thank James K
Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is a must visit. You pay for parking only and Sat and Sun are free til 1 pm. The children we saw there were entranced with all the flowers. Dogs are allowed in almost all areas of the park making it a friendly stop...More

Thank Carmen H
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Great place. I think this is more for pre-teen kids although there was stuff to do for everyone. The food was a little pricey. Overall if we return to the area with young kids we will most likely go back.

Thank ronnie_adams
Reviewed 4 June 2016

First trip to the Museum today, but will not be our last! There are so many areas and options that even with a larger crowd, you are able to still have fun and participate. Great for ALL ages. They have specific areas for little ones...More

Thank Bridget K
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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