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Museum of Life + Science

Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number: +1 919-220-5429
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Ranked #4 of 27 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. Situated on 84-acres...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Life and Science is really several museums in one - the inside area covers material to engage toddlers through teens. The outside play area and petting farm are fantastic for smaller kiddos. And the nature walk and animal exhibits are great for everybody.

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Lori B, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a few moments to share your experiences with this community, Adam B! We agree - we've got a little something for everyone! We're so glad you enjoyed our two-story science center and our 84+ acres of outdoor exhibit experiences. If you're back in the area in summer 2015, make sure you stop by. We'll have our... More 

Usa, Japan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We traveled 1+ hours to visit this museum and to take the Santa train in the evening. The museum is rather rudimentary, dated and old. The museum closes at 5 in weekends and we had to wait outside in the cold for admission to the train. Very poorly organized, and too expensive for what they offer. The train ride was... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This museum was so much fun. We had a group that ranged in age from 11 to 80 and everyone had a great time. The dinosaur area is really cool and there are lots of hands on things.

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Lori B, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Hi Susan V - thank you for taking a moment to share your great experience with us and the TripAdvisor community! We love hearing that we are achieving our mission of supplying an engaging atmosphere for learners and explorers of all ages! If you loved the Dinosaur Trail and Dig Pit, then make sure you mark your calendar for March... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took grandchildren to the museum over the Thanksgiving week. It really was not as crowded as we thought it would be and had a great time. First, we took an 18month old, who loved the dinosaurs and the farm animals. The Butterfly Pavilion is always a hit. Two more trips were made by different groups of us. I'm glad... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I only give this 4 stars because it is very elementary and can be boring for children above 4. It is a very fun, interactive experience though!

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Bountiful, Utah
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My daughter and her young son went here and we had a wonderful time in the butterfly house where butterflies for flying everywhere also the farm section was a lot of fun with the different animals. there is also many activities that children can do all of it outside which was quite wonderful and the train ride was a lot... More 

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Lori B, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts with us and this community, peterballantine! Who doesn't love a tropical rainforest right in North Carolina?! If you loved our other outdoor experiences, just wait for Summer 2015 as we open Hideaway Woods inside the train loop. From treehouses to a stream, hammocks, nature exploration and a learning center -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Excellent museum, displays and hands-on activities for children of all ages...even our teenagers enjoyed themselves. There are many indoor and outdoor activities -- we could have stayed there all day!

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wonderful museum for children! Indoor and outdoor exhibits. Our grandchildren are frequent visitors and never tire of the museum's offerings

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We have been members for two years now and have never been disappointed. There are stable exhibits as well as new exhibits that always make it interesting and fun. Adults and kids can make a whole day of the museum. The Sprout cafe has reasonably priced, healthy, tasty food and everyone loves the butterfly house!

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Lori B, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts, Jlunc17! Make sure you stay up-to-date on our latest programs and offerings (especially those you get discounts on thanks to your membership) on our website calendar. We have a lot of great winter programs coming up including special holiday-themed experiments in The Lab, Saturday Workshops with take-home tech gifts to... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Very interactive, nice setting. Lots of fun and interestinteresting things and on a nice day, outside is beautiful

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