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Museum of Life + Science

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Nice place for nice weather (April 2017)

While visiting my Brother and his family they recommended a visit to this nature park. It was a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Longwood, Florida
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Best Children's museum

So we planned to stay a couple of hours but stayed six! Kids loved it. Literally spent an hour on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Norfolk, Virginia
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“butterfly house”(223 reviews)
“train ride”(74 reviews)
“dinosaur trail”(52 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting my Brother and his family they recommended a visit to this nature park. It was a beautiful day and the park was really fun. There was more then enough to see and do for the day, and my son enjoyed it. The food...More

Thank destinationZEN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we planned to stay a couple of hours but stayed six! Kids loved it. Literally spent an hour on the sailing boats. They have some really novel stuff there like the flying seed machine. Loved the mix of animals and activities. Also, got a...More

Thank sauspie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with our 2 and 4 YO and had a great time indoors and out! Was really a fantastic attraction with so much to do. Especially loved the dinosaur digging, butterflies, tree house!

Thank Shadow09Columbus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is really big and there's a lot of interesting thing's are happening here. Trains, cosmos, plants, dinosaurs, paleontology, wild animals, physical experiments and even artificial fog! Yep, this place is real treasure!

Thank Makho S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our one and only activity in the Durham area. My children and husband enjoyed themselves. My daughters’ s favorite area was the tree houses. My husband’s favorite area were the musical instruments made out of garage items. My favorite was the butterfly area...More

Thank msum_rose
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Visited with grandchildren. Allow at least 4 hours to see everything. Great outdoor amenities and exhibits. Beautiful butterfly house. 2 floors of hands-on interactive science exhibits. A treat for everyone.

Thank John N
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

A brilliant place for all ages. Lots to learn, see, and do for both children and adults alike. Robots are amazing, as is their story from start to this present day.You’ll love the interaction with ‘Pepper’. Lovely coffee and cake etc (in the very clean...More

Thank Anne D
Reviewed 21 October 2018

We have been to The Museum Of Life & Science many times. We have yearly membership which is a bargain considering the enjoyment you have year round. It's a great place for city kids to see farm animals, scientific displays, interactive activities, a great climbing...More

Thank Gerald G
Reviewed 14 October 2018

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 14 October 2018 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 jayv235
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3 July 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.
6 June 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.
8 August 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!