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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - 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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Kids' Heaven

If you are not taking a child/children, you are missing the point. It's totally a kids' place, formerly called something like Children Museum. The train is a must if the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Thruth W
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you are not taking a child/children, you are missing the point. It's totally a kids' place, formerly called something like Children Museum. The train is a must if the weather is Okay. You are not going to see a lot of things but it's so relaxing and entertaining, especially hearing children and adults scream when going through the tunnel.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Want to spend the day outside in interactive play with your children or ride the train? This museum has been the "go to" place for our family (4 children) for 15 years. It is great for all ages and there are so many great things to learn while you are there. Kids can climb, run, check out the butterfly museum,... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We are frequent visitors . It's the number one choice of our grandchildren (ages 3 - 8) when they visit. Plenty to do for all ages. There are many activities indoors and outdoors. The kids especially like the train and the model boats. They learn without being aware they are learning.

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Durham's Museum of Life and Science (formerly known as the Children's Museum) is a constantly growing and improving organism that will surely surprise anyone who has not visited in the last few years. It is always a work in progress as new events and displays are constantly being offered. From the huge "butterfly house" that is like visiting a friendly... More 

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Willoughby, OH
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

From the outstanding reviews I was really looking forward to visiting this attraction. If I had read the reviews carefully, I would have noticed that enthusiastic vistors mentioned attending with young children or grandchildren. I think we were the only adults without children under 6 in tow. It is essential to be prepared for loose shoes, jackets -- even a... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Worth spending the day there and then going back to see what you missed. Lots to do and my granddaughter loved it. Great place for a birthday party.

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

Hi Kevin, We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and your family! We agree - our 84+ acre campus with indoor and outdoor opportunities is a multiple day event. From building your own flying contraption to watching the antics of our young family of lemurs, there's something for everyone in your group! Thank you again... More 

Sanford, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Really great time, even on a rainy day. Lots of indoor exhibits and not overcrowded. The insectarium is in a separate building via the nature trail, but was worth getting drizzled on to see the live bugs and butterfly world. Great staff, well maintained and large number of exhibits makes this the best museum I've visited in NC.

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

Awww, you're making us blush, dking211! So happy to hear about your wonder-filled experiences (despite the rainy weather)! The indoor Insectarium and Butterfly Conservatory are DEFINITELY great ways to beat yucky weather - so we're glad you made the trek! Next time you visit, make sure you save time for a free butterfly release in Magic Wings. You can meet... More 

New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

My 2 year old son absolutely loved visiting. There is a wide variety of topics and areas. Hands on activities. Outside farm and butterfly area. Interesting and fun place.

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New London, Connecticut
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This museum is filled with experiential exhibits, and is a great place to spend the day. The insectarium has all kinds of crawly bugs. We saw a staff person with an enormous hairy spider that children were allowed to hold, and the butterfly conservatory was beautiful--even before the butterfly release there were many butterflies fluttering about. Children could experiment in... More 

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Lovely little place hidden in middle of Durham. We enjoyed our time learning and seeing things here. Great place for children. A must see!!!

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