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Museum of Life + Science

433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
+1 919-220-5429
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Ranked #4 of 39 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 NEW

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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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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Durham, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to take kids, even over and over again, We have a membership and take our preschooler at least once a week.

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Raleigh, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I brought my 9 year old daughter to visit the Museum. For the most part this is a well thought out informative museum. But to me - it's a little too low key and old school. The IMAX theater is okay - but even that looks like it was a secondary thought. Still it's a good place with nice architecture... More

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Wilson, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

As a photographer, my main focus when I visit this museum is the butterfly house. I don't have kids so I usually by pass everything else. I could spend hours in the butterfly house taking photos. We did visit the bears, but only saw one and he was asleep under a tree, the wolves were no where to be found... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a superb hands on museum...for children and adults. Rotating exhibits and some consistent. Teaching going on, classes, animals, wildlife exhibit, butterfly house, train ride, and a good café. Super fun time for all!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Me & a friend drove 3 hours to visit. They had a live exhibit of butterflies. It was my favorite exhibit because not only the butterflies but also all the gorgeous flowering plants. This is a really nice museum that has plenty of things to teach everyone, but there are many things kids can have hands on. Worth a visit... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The butterfly garden, while small, is diverse. The other exhibits are not strong. But, don't miss riding the train. It is quite a long and fun ride.

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