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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
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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More than what the eye can see.

Visited earlier in the year and bought a annual membership. This place is huge and a steal for the price. I visit once a week with my 2 and 4 year old, as there's always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Visited earlier in the year and bought a annual membership. This place is huge and a steal for the price. I visit once a week with my 2 and 4 year old, as there's always different activities being offered. This is not your typical walk in the park, as to fully enjoy this museum, you really need to turn of... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Just a really great time especially the bugs and the butterfly house. Haven't felt that kind of wonder since I saw the moon rock as a 5 year old. I keep " volunteering to take my friends kids because it gives me an excuse to go. Very interactive and wide range of exhibits,the aforementioned butterflies,bugs,space,sound,and even several play areas for... More 

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Bountiful, Utah
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

My daughter and her 11 month old went here and had a wonderful time in the butterfly house and seeing the wolves and the bears and walking through the dinosaur section. There is a place to get eats and treats and a train that you can take for a short train ride. All of this is set back in the... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

We visited the museum with another couple and their one-year-old child and all of us had a great time. The one-year-old got to play in the kids areas, as well as wander around the museum itself (under the watchful eye of her dad). With a stroller, the elevator to the second level was a definite bonus, as were the ramps... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

A really great place to rake the kids. Children can enjoy the interactive displays and exhibits designed for them. A great way to sneak in a little learning while having fun!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A very manageable childrens museum. Must stop if you're in the area with < 12 yr olds. Fun place to learn and play

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Cary, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Awesome palce for kids to be and lotsa activities for them to explore.Highly rated and advisable for all parents

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Outer Banks NC
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went in February and there were NO crowds. We thought the butterfly house was awesome. We rode the train, saw the new construction taking place, saw the red wolves up close and the black bears. They had a MUCH better dinosaur display then the museum in Raleigh. The cost of this whole museum was the cost of the dinosaur... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a discovery type museum. Kids love this place. There are more interesting things to see and touch. It`s a hands-on museum so kids can learn and explore. There is a butterfly house where you can watch the butterflies come out of their crisylis and prepare to fly. There is also a miniature train to ride around the outer... More 

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

We have taken our grandkids here lots of times and we are always amazed at the caliber of the travelling exhibits. Interesting to toddlers to teens alike, as well as adults who get caught up in one exhibit or another. The outside music exhibit is great fun. The walk with the dinosaurs is enlightening. Visiting the bears and lemurs is... More 

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