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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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Durham, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a superb hands on museum...for children and adults. Rotating exhibits and some consistent. Teaching going on, classes, animals, wildlife exhibit, butterfly house, train ride, and a good café. Super fun time for all!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Me & a friend drove 3 hours to visit. They had a live exhibit of butterflies. It was my favorite exhibit because not only the butterflies but also all the gorgeous flowering plants. This is a really nice museum that has plenty of things to teach everyone, but there are many things kids can have hands on. Worth a visit... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The butterfly garden, while small, is diverse. The other exhibits are not strong. But, don't miss riding the train. It is quite a long and fun ride.

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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136 reviews 136 reviews
44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is my favorite area science museum. They have both indoor and outdoor experiences. My personal favorite is the butterfly house. I have seen very few people who didn't love the butterflies.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My grandkids never tire of this place and I love taking them. This is a museum that gets kids involved with the world around them. They can easily spend a long morning or afternoon exploring and still not want to leave.

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NC
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105 reviews 105 reviews
10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Excellent place for the young and old. Hidden in the trees in north durham on an unsuspecting street. Exhibits are fascinating, well curated, clean and many hands on. Fun to go with kids, but also worth a visit just as an adult.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A great mix of inside and outside activities. We primarily explored outside - enjoyed all of it (animals got(and the video cameras), mist, air currents, and butterfly house. We tried a few activities inside and thought it was all very well done. My girls are 6 and 8 and it was very appropriate level for them. It made science and... More

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

Delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit, GretaMatthews and were able to explore all of our indoor/outdoor science park. Whether it's checking out our daily lab programming with local scientists or exploring Magic Wings Butterfly House there's always something new to discover! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with this community; we love hearing... More

No Name Key, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

One of the better museums in the area. Lots for great programs that get kids involved. Especially great around Xmas

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with this community, njroman - we love hearing what our visitors discovered. Stay tuned to our website for information about exiting special events and programs for this holiday season! More

New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We went to a wedding rehearsal dinner at the museum. The butterfly house was open and we enjoyed walking through it and observing the butterflies. The displays and demonstrations were all open and the adults and the children both enjoyed the fun and challenges.

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

Glad to hear you had such a magical evening with us, Carol B - A special event amidst the tropics of Magic Wings Butterfly House is sure to be special indeed! Thanks for taking the time to share a review with this community; we always love hearing what our guests discovered and can't wait to welcome you back soon! More

SF
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194 reviews 194 reviews
25 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

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

Delighted to hear you and your family had such a great time with us Khaja! Stay tuned to our website for exciting news about the opening of our newest outdoor exhibit - Hideaway Woods. From climbing through a treehouse village suspended 15-20ft in the trees to water play in a freshwater, circulating stream there's something for everyone to explore! Thanks... More

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