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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number: +1 919-220-5429
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions...
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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Great Afternoon Break During Long Road Trip

We stopped with our 3, 7, and 12 year old kids on a trip from Atlanta to Washington D.C. It was a perfect afternoon. There were hands-on activities for all of the kids. We paid... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

We stopped with our 3, 7, and 12 year old kids on a trip from Atlanta to Washington D.C. It was a perfect afternoon. There were hands-on activities for all of the kids. We paid for the train ride and the conductors made the ride fun for us all! The butterfly garden and the dinosaur trail were favorites of the... More 

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Yuma, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Stopped for much needed break from cross country trip with little one. Lots of acres outside to explore. Lots of walking paths. Live bears,wolves and lemurs. Inside had lots of hands on activities for children. Need a good 3 hours to see all. Would go back.

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Winston Salem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This museum is simply great for kids. It doesn't matter if you like being inside, want to get educational or want to see some living breathing animals. The museum has it all. Kids love the outdoor play area and the many interactive exhibits. The animal area gives them a pretty good look at creatures like bears, snakes, wolves and lemurs.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We took our 5 and 9 year old granddaughters to this museum, and they had a blast doing all the activities. The butterfly house is fascinating! Great time for young and old alike.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Museum is a lot larger than it looks. Has a zoo in the back and the kids had a great time in the Museum.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I went here with my wife, daughter, and granddaughter in tow. Good Golly! The science exhibits were VERY INTERESTING to we adults, and my 14-month granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed creative play areas for the little tykes. There's plenty to do and see outside... the butterfly exhibit, and the bear, wolf, and lemur exhibits are very well executed. Oh! The "Into The... More 

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Creedmoor, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Have been there several times with my husband and 15 year old son. We have been going with him since we moved here when he was about 6. He still loves the exhibits and seeing the animals. We go at least twice a year.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This indoor/outdoor museum obviously was designed by people who understand young children (most of the kids we saw were 12 and under). Many of the exhibits are interactive and encourage participation and feedback. The outdoor exhibits are vast: a dinosaur stroll, a butterfly cage, a pavilion with snakes and creepy bugs. I've been to many science museums; this is by... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The museum was crowded when we were there towards the end of summer. All of the children seemed to be really enjoying themselves. There is a wonderful café on the second floor with fresh food. There are four floors and we could have spent several hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a great place for outings with one or more kids, as well as birthday parties! The butterflies are amazing and even when I was a kid, the dinosaur trail was always the thrill! Personally, I'd get my lunch and sit outside across the street under the huge overhang and listen to the echos the giant overhang made.

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