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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 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The indoor exhibits/interactives are great, but the Dinosaur Trail and the Butterfly House are terrific. There are also really great bear enclosures and fun things to do along the various trails. We spent 4 hours there and could have stayed longer.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I know nature is technically science, but this museum has so much to offer and it no where near as crowded at Marbles in Raleigh. The outdoor section is fun for the kids with life - size models of dinosaurs, a black bear enclosure and lemurs. The butterfly exhibit was the climax of our visit with butterflies landing on my... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent the day at the Museum of Life and Science with our 10 year old and 7 year old. Our party also had a grandmother that utilized the complimentary wheelchair and got along just fine. Kids LOVED the outdoor experiences with the playground, train, dinosaur walk. Kids had a great time digging for fossils. Don’t skip the insect exhibit... More

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LaCrosse Wi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My sons family went here with their two year old twins. Children under 3 are free. They enjoyed it immensely. There are so many activities to keep youngsters engaged for hours. Well worth the price of admission for adults.

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Candler, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I went there all the time a a kid and I tell you what it has grown in the last 30 years. We recently took out 2 1/2 old son there for his first time. There is a little train that you can ride and you can see lots of different stuff like Life Size Dinosaurs. I rode the same... More

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Mobile, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We took my two girls ages 6,8 to the museum for the for the afternoon. We started outside due to the threat of rain. We ended up spending 2 1/2 hours outside! That did include lunch at a cute little cafe that wasn't your usual museum snack bar. It was a deli that I would actually eat at again. We... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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348 reviews 348 reviews
211 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As a member, we can get in 1 hour early (at 9am) before they open to non-members. This is a good way to get a start on the crowds. It's open 7 days a week. Some of the things you can see are a dinosaur trail, interactive science center (the kids love this), a butterfly conservatory, rescued black bears, lemurs,... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Be prepared to do some walking, I did not know how expansive the grounds were. But with that said they have great activities for the kids all around. The butterfly garden is one of my favorites.

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Cary, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Worth planning a day trip, this has a lot of exhibits that appeal to elementary school crowd ! My daughter loved the place and could not stop talking about it days after! There is so much to see you could go back again and again. Also, it gives you an excuse to visit Durham's eclectic downtown cuisine, so for adults... More

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Conway, South Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

First time I have been in 15 years and loved it! They have added so many new exhibits. We spent all day and packed a pick nic. My 5 year old didn't know what to do first! We spent almost the whole day outside and wished we had more time for inside. Lots of interactive exhibits for kids, which is... More

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