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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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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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Good place for children

I took my children here and they enjoyed it. The butterfly house was the kids favorite. My son actually got a butterfly to land on his finger. The farmyard was great to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

I took my children here and they enjoyed it. The butterfly house was the kids favorite. My son actually got a butterfly to land on his finger. The farmyard was great to see some animals. My personal favorite was the train ride where I got to sit down and relax my feet, lol. A must do for visitors or locals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a wonderful spot to bring the family. Not only did we all learn a great deal from the exhibits, special projects displays, and narratives, we had lots of fun too. It is a museum for all age groups, from toddlers to seniors.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We visited here in January, during a family get together. We were 4 adults and 2 children, ages 6 & 17. This is a terrific place to explore for everyone, including the outdoor zoo. The tropical butterfly building was the highlight of the trip. This place is not to be missed.

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Albion, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We relocated to Durham from western NY and with three young kids, we wanted to find a place to take the kids to get out of the house. The closest thing to a zoo in this area is the museum of life and science, and with the bonus of a science museum and a dinosaur trail, we went and grabbed... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I am a member. A grandmother, I like it as much as my grandchildren do. My four yr old grandchild calls it Grandma's museum and always wants to go. My fifteen year old is also happy to go. A favorite we never grow tired of visiting.

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

Thank you for taking a moment to share your wonderful review, BernadetteP20132014! We love hearing how Members make the Museum their second home and it sounds like you definitely have found your place! So glad to hear that you're experiencing all the wonder and curiosity that we strive to provide each day. Can't wait to hear what you'll experience next... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a definitely do place when your in Durham. We started in the Butterfly house and spent an hour there just watching the butterflies. We came in the afternoon so they may have been just released. We then wandered about the other parts other museum. Though the museum is more suited to children we had a great time creating... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

I took my niece here this summer. She had a blast! It's great if you're just looking for something to do with children. The admissions if a bit pricey for what they're offering, but if you don't mind paying it's tons of fun.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We have 2 boys 4 and 8, and we ha a blast. Even in December we were able to enjoy the museum inside and out. I really like the variety of things for the kids to do and learn about. It is really nice to have things outside as well to let the kids be themselves a bit more. Really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is a great museum for kids all ages, although it is definitely geared towards the slightly older ones (I'd say 7+). There is stuff for the younger ones to do, and even a enclosed play area for 6 and under. We took our 18 month old the day after Christmas, and even though he had fun, and had things... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Life and Science is really several museums in one - the inside area covers material to engage toddlers through teens. The outside play area and petting farm are fantastic for smaller kiddos. And the nature walk and animal exhibits are great for everybody.

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

Thank you for taking a few moments to share your experiences with this community, Adam B! We agree - we've got a little something for everyone! We're so glad you enjoyed our two-story science center and our 84+ acres of outdoor exhibit experiences. If you're back in the area in summer 2015, make sure you stop by. We'll have our... More 

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