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Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Awesome place

This place is great for families! The tree house is fun and they have lots of different places to... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Julie J

So many different species of animals. Beautifully well maintained exhibits. Keepers were very... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2016
Mel C
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

This place is great for families! The tree house is fun and they have lots of different places to explore outside. The mist area is a nice treat on a warm day. They also have a nice indoor museum, especially nice to escape the heat...More

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

So many different species of animals. Beautifully well maintained exhibits. Keepers were very knowledgeable and obviously care about the animals in their charge. Very educational and fun!

Thank Mel C
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Plenty of children in the museum so you won't feel alone if you are visiting without children. The butterflies, farm animals...just so much to see and many, many things to touch and see how things work. While walking through the insect part of the museum,...More

Thank Afoodie65
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

This is my personal all time favorite museum in the RDU area. My older kids are in college now and their fondest memories are here. With my 3rd son coming along late in life...I have yet another excuse to visit! From the animals...to the train...More

Thank regcoates2
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This a great museum for families. The inside has many interactive and hands on activities. The outside exhibits has a modernized play area, barnyard, water features, wild life exhibits, train rides and butterfly house. There is an entrance fee so it can be pricy for...More

Thank NanaP123
Reviewed 23 April 2016

North Carolina is so great for its attractions that make use of it's beautiful outdoor spaces--I'm very proud to live in the area. I took my toddler who loved the sights and animals. We didn't do any of the indoor attractions, and still burnt a...More

Thank estaples
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

My children would have stayed there all week if I had let them! The outdoor exhibits are exceptional, I was dazzled by the treehouse village and my kids are still raving about the whole thing a month later. Highly recommend.

Thank SmarteCookie
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Kids love this place, lots of climbing places, fun bugs to watch and great building areas. Always a fun day with the grandkids.

Thank chipnginny
Reviewed 15 April 2016

What a great place to spend a few hours! The kiddos had a blast...we saw black bears, wolves, alpacas, African pygmy goats, Hereford cows, a donkey, and the butterfly aviary. All great to see live and to add to it we got to pilot mini...More

Thank Wunrundun
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We were in VA visiting family had a full day to entertain a grandson, age 3; and his big sister, age 20. Now how do we make them both happy??? Well this was the place. We never got inside so a second visit in the...More

1  Thank acupateaacres
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10 November 2016|
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
its a little pricy but my kids who at the time were 2-4 loved it. They have a few other things for kids to enjoy like little workshops and play place and face painting. Worth it at least one time.
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
27 June 2016|
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Response from GundlachB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all day, for Durham County residents with ID.