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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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Great places for kids

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

From toddlers to grandparents, there is something for everyone! The butterfly house is always great! It does require a short walk so anyone who may need assistance should ask at admission desk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a super kid friendly hands-on science museum! You can spend a few hours or an entire day! Train ride, outdoor explore zone, Dino tracks and dig, farm animals, bears and a great indoor area with tons of hands on exhibits!

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is supposed to be a museum for kids. In fact it's a WONDERFUL museum for children. It has bright colors, a variety of displays and interactive exhibits. Who else likes these things? EVERYBODY.... I'm a grad student in my late twenties and I regularly bring friends who come to visit me here. We always have a blast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is awesome. I have been here on many class trips and more times with my grandsons. So much to offer for all ages- indoor and out. The dinosaur trail is a huge attraction for the little ones. Into The Mist is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. Beautiful farm area. Sail boats are lots... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Take the whole family--interactive features are great. Has outdoor and indoor exhibits. One of the best kids' and parents' museums I've ever been to.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Museum has something to interest all ages. Indoor exhibits and hands displays. Outdoors offers play ground, animals and a train ride for the little ones. The butterfly house is very cool and the walk through the woods to see the dinosaurs is vary fun.

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