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Museum of Life + Science

433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
+1 919-220-5429
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Ranked #3 of 33 attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, Science Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We came during my son's spring break this past week. We were referred by a local friend. We budgeted only a half day to visit, and clearly we should have budgeted more. Wow! We were impressed by the amount of science and live animal/insect exhibits! For what you get in exchange, the $14 adult admission was worth it. (I forgot... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We go there weekly with our 3 kids. It IS a place for kids, although adults will find much to entertain them and surprise them here. Their cafe has very decent food (really very decent) and a very reasonable price. Their indoor exhibits will blow your mind. Their outdoor animal stuff is amazing, and they have one of the best... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Fun for all ages! Science exhibits, lunar mission displays, birds, fish, snakes, insects, bears, wolves, and most importantly, lemurs and poison dart frogs. And don't forget the butterfly house.

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Toledo, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Definitely a fun experience. The place is aimed toured children, but there is a lot of cool and interesting things to see for adults. I personally enjoyed the make a paper airplane and launch it (i'm kind of a big kid haha). Extremely warm weather the weekend I went, so didn't see many animals outside in the "wild" exhibit. If... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This museum is great fun. There are interesting exhibits inside and out. We love the butterfly house.

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Satellite Beach
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I am from Florida and moved to Durham for medical reasons. I missed my time at the beach. Well, I found the butterfly house and it became my "beach". It is 80 degrees inside. I sit and read for hours. The Life and Science is developed in several parts so bring your walking shoes. This is a must do for... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I love this museum because it is so unusual. It invites kids to experiment with weather, with insects, with building blocks and sounds. Totally awesome. I wish science were presented to me in this way. There are also several animal habitats, indoors and outdoors. There are farm animals that you can feed and touch, wild animals and night animals indoors... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My lil one absolutely loves it - good for an inside and outdoor visit as well. During summer, walk with a change of clothes for the kids, since they would love running through the sprinkle area. The dinosaur trail and the train are favorites as well. The bugs, the butterflies, the barn area.. all in all, a great way to... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This museum is one of our go-to places with our kids. They love it (especially the outdoor train and the farm animal area). This museum is like no other in the area, offering a variety of learning and experience through play opportunities inside and outside. We have enjoyed it so much that we signed our oldest up for a few... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Now that there are grandchildren -- we never visit Durham without a stop at the Museum of Life + Science. The train, the climbing apparatus, the BUGS! and we've barely begun to explore the inside! It's definitely a "don't miss" It could be a day's outing depending on the age of the children and the energy of the grownups.

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