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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 36 Attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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194 reviews 194 reviews
25 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We recently took our daughter and her friend here for the day, and they had a blast. There is a ton of activities to do the most popular are the butterfly house and the train. The kids also enjoyed the dinosaur walk, but give them time to dig in the pit and find shark teeth. Seeing the bear and the... More

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Bellingham
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

the lower level contains a wonderful play and activity area for the children, incl an infant and toddler section. Second level has things to interest school age kids. The outside areas have a "percussion park", animals, a train (buy tickets as you enter the bldg. for set times), a wonderful butterfly/terrarium house, and a cafe. Last year, my husband had... More

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McLean, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We had a fabulous time at the museum with our 4 kids (2-10). There was something for each of them. A few tips to help you out. 1. Bring bug spray and sunscreen. 2. Walking shoes are a must. Don't forget the stroller. 3. Bring a bottle of water. You can fill it up as you walk around the outside... More

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Miami, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Took my little boy to this hidden gem and had a great time. Lots of hands on and great exhibits. Staff is friendly and super helpful.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Loved the butterfly house, a must see when visiting Durham! Can't wait to go back again and see it all again.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My family of four spent all day at this indoor/outdoor museum. The age range was 6 to 38, and we were all entertained every moment. Wear stout walking shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen. If you don't have a membership to a reciprocating museum, you should get one today because this facility is well worth the trip. The RDU area... More

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

What a wonderful place with both outdoor and indoor exhibits! There were 3 of us ranging in age from 35 - 65 and even though there are a lot of hands on exhibits geared towards children/teens, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We started our day off in the butterfly exhibit during one of the two releases they have daily. It was... More

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Totally enjoyed everthing about this day. Only regret is we didn't have more time there. Two hours is not long enough. Butterfly release was so much fun. Highly recommend to families with kids.

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Conklin, New York
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14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We loved this museum! It was so neat that part of the museum is indoor and part is outdoor. We have been to a lot of science museums using the reciprocal agreement, this is one of the best we've seen!

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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is an amazing combination of zoo, science museum and children's museum. There is much to offer and an unbelievable amount of outdoor space to explore. Really wonderful interactive exhibits that entertained younger teens. Highlights were the butterfly conservatory, the lemur exhibit, the remote control sailboats, the dinosaur dig and the outdoor percussion area. Hint: they accept reciprocal science museum... More

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