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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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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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 variety of exhibits

Great experience for school aged kids! Lots to do and see. The treehouses are AMAZING but I'd have liked to have seen some staff on site in that exhibit/attraction to maintain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great experience for school aged kids! Lots to do and see. The treehouses are AMAZING but I'd have liked to have seen some staff on site in that exhibit/attraction to maintain safety protocols and that rules were being followed. Wasn't a fan of the stream area being all access as I feel it's a giant risk to encourage unattended water... More 

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Thank SeaLevelMama71
Durham, North Carolina
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No matter how often I visit the museum, there is always something I missed. I really enjoy this place. Very entertaining and peaceful.

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Thank macdebi
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place for our two young boys so much so that we have had a yearly membership for three years. It's our go to place to expend energy in the outdoor treehouse or to take a walk out to see the wolves, bear and lemers. There is so much to see and do inside and outside that you... More 

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Thank Kat G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hands on activities for all ages. The activities were engaging. Both indoor and outdoor attractions. Healthy food options.

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Thank NCGeek
Durham, North Carolina
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74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for children. There are lots of things to do. The insect portion and the butterfly area are wonderful!

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Thank Philly-In-Durham
Durham, North Carolina
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum of Life and Science is a favorite place to explore for all ages. It's great on rainy days and even better in nice weather when you can take advantage of all the outdoor activities as well. I have a difficult time thinking of this place as a museum- it is much more an activity center, a hands on... More 

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Thank MaggieLeah
Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to this museum since I was a little girl I love everything here they have a petting zoo and a butterfly exzipit I love going on the train the dinosaur trail is really fun children get to dig for dinosaur Boones they have many out door areas for children and adults to run around and have fun... More 

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Thank Chrissyshea2
Durham, North Carolina
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I have been taking my son to this museum since he was a toddler (he is now 8), and we continue to be thankful that it is in Durham. They frequently rotate many of their exhibits, and seem to be continuously improving and updating. Especially when my son was a toddler, the animal area was a favorite,... More 

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Thank forbachc
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here this past weekend and had such a nice time. We have 3 kids, ages, 12. 9 and 2. We were there for about 3 hours and didn't get to see everything. Our little kids loved the space area and we spent a lot of time there in the "lunar module". Our older kids loved the new outside... More 

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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a great museum for all ages.ly, If you have not gone recently check it out. The food is surprisingly good. Some local, pasture raised burgers.

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