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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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Fun for all ages, rain or shine!

Well designed interactive exhibits. Overall focus on mathematics and physics aspects of science... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melissa M
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Family fun

Lots of fun for the family. Not really much for Children 3 and under, but the others will have a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Diana H
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butterfly house” (205 reviews)
“train ride” (68 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (50 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well designed interactive exhibits. Overall focus on mathematics and physics aspects of science with, space, weather, scales, patterns, sounds demonstrated. The tree house climbing gym is the star of the show, even the adults gave it a go! Accepts reciprocal membership from many other children's...More

Thank Melissa M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of fun for the family. Not really much for Children 3 and under, but the others will have a ball!

Thank Diana H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Durham can be proud of this. Fun, entertaining and educational. Staff very helpful and enjoyable visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short of a full-scale theme park, it would be hard to find an attraction more likely to satisfy children more than the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. To be certain, there are many things to interest adults as well, but the main focus...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 3 year old for an afternoon and she loved it. So much to see and do that we had to rush to see it all. There was tons more to do but she set the pace. Sprout cafe was a good snack....More

Thank Frontier2016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Museum is conveniently located in Durham. It has a large convenient parking lot and also has an overflow parking lot. We spent several mornings during our last few visits to Durham with my grandson who is 21 months old. There are so many interesting...More

Thank Dasher6
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is an amazing and adventurous place for all. I toolk visiting friends from Tokyo and Japan. They had a wonderful and interactive time although they speak no English. We were there the entire day and could have gone a second. The outside exhibits...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

We went on a sunny coldish January day. Our family still spent most of the time outside. The tree-house was the family favorite. Treehouse doesn't accurately describe the area. It is many tree-houses connected by bridges with a fantastic slide to bring the kids back...More

Thank trlinardo
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We purchased an annual pass for our grandkids and family to use, and we took the kids to the museum twice in one month. They loved it both times - especially the outdoor area. The outdoor area is the big draw here, so the middle...More

Thank JoyfulWriter
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

This is one of the best science museums I have ever been to! I have visited it twice with my son and 1 year old grandson. They have a membership and visit it often. All the exhibits are beautifully done and age appropriate. The outdoor...More

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Amy E
8 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!
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BackwoodsBecca
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
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4NCtravellers
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
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