We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of Life + Science

Features Animals
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Life and Science

The museum of life and science has something for everyone of any age. Petting zoo, butterfly house... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SusanFleurNC
,
Durham, North Carolina
via mobile
Definitely Worth a Yearly Membership

This wonderful venue has much more than the average "museum," and it caters to kids (and adults) of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Donald B
,
Durham, North Carolina
Read all 754 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“butterfly house” (199 reviews)
“train ride” (66 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (47 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
Write a ReviewReviews (754)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 748 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum of life and science has something for everyone of any age. Petting zoo, butterfly house, kepla blocks, nature walks, hands on physics learning... the list goes on. Great outdoor spaces to explore

Thank SusanFleurNC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This wonderful venue has much more than the average "museum," and it caters to kids (and adults) of ALL ages. There are tons of really fun and engaging science-based activities inside, and there's even more amazing stuff outside. A family can easily spend an entire...More

Thank Donald B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went with several children of varying ages. 5yrs to 12years and they all found something they enjoyed. And I will have to say I learned several things myself. This is a great place for a family or group outing.

Thank Betty E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were lots of young kids at the museum, but as adults with a college freshman, we had a great time. Spent a few hours there and ran out of time to see it all. First time my husband had been to a butterfly solarium...More

Thank Honeoye14471
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to bring your family and small children (2-7) , it doesn’t really show it on the trip advisor page but this primarily a place for families. The parking fills up quickly so be aware of that. Additionally, this is one...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for families and friends or anyone who loves nature. Also it’s a very good place to relax n nurture yourself soulfully...I’ll go back again and again.

Thank yboujida60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff is so nice and helpful. My daughter love the museum. The butterflies’ exhibit is our families’ favorite.

Thank KCC1006
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took our grandsons here last week and loved it! They have a tree house collection where the kids can navigate over lots of bridges and tree houses. We saw red wolves in a large compound and black bears. They explored the dinosaur area, skipped...More

Thank Jerrie F
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Since we were there last they have added many hands-on exhibits inside and outside. Just when you think they couldn't get any better, they do. This place isn't just for kids. It covers 84 acres and the paths are very easy to walk. We love...More

Thank cheryl h
Reviewed 25 October 2017

4 adults visited this location. We had fun especially watching all the kids. We enjoyed a beautiful day walking the paths visiting the lemurs and wolves .The bear exhibit was closed.

Thank fran a
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Guanajuato Restaurant of Durham
13 reviews
1.53 km away
Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken
19 reviews
1.59 km away
Tripps Restaurant
117 reviews
1.50 km away
Chick-fil-A
9 reviews
1.44 km away
Nearby Attractions
Duke Homestead
127 reviews
1.96 km away
Fullsteam Brewery
26 reviews
2.87 km away
Durham Central Park
21 reviews
3.19 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Amy E
8 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
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!
0
Votes
BackwoodsBecca
10 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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
0
Votes
4NCtravellers
4 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
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
2
Votes