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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
Mon - 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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I had a 7 y/o girl and two boys 10 and 11. Everyone was equally entertained and occupied for a full 2 hours. We would have stayed longer but needed to get to lunch. Enjoyable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had a 7 y/o girl and two boys 10 and 11. Everyone was equally entertained and occupied for a full 2 hours. We would have stayed longer but needed to get to lunch. Enjoyable for a middle aged person as well :) definitely a repeater.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I kept some friends' kids for a weekend and were told we had to take them here. Best. Advice. Ever. From the beginning, both kids were immersed in fun, educational activities ranging from physics to space travel to a mini zoo to prehistoric beasts. The museum nicely tailored much of it to a broad range of age... More 

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was pleasantly shocked when I learned what was in my own Durham backyard. I expected this to be a regular local museum - it is anything but. The museum would take a full day to explore top to bottom. We have a membership, so we visit at least once a month. My kids favorites are the insects (in the... More 

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Wilson, North Carolina
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The kids really enjoyed the trip here. They especially liked the butterfly house, wolves and lemurs. It was a warm day so they also ran around in "the mist"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit for families with children, plan to be there all day, plenty to do and very entertaining

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Duncan, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Visited with my grandchildren and had the time of our lives. There is so much for to see and do, the toddlers were never bored ! From the barnyard to the mist, we were all in awe at what was on display. The train ride through the park was an adventure we will never forget. The Sprouts Cafe was also... More 

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We were in town for business and had some down time for family. We checked out the museum of life + science and had a great time! Loved the butterfly house. In fact, we went back and got the rest of the crew so everyone could enjoy. We stayed in the butterfly house for a few hours and had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I remember coming here on school field trips as a child and now love exploring it with my two boys. Wonderful things to do for all ages. It's also a great place for birthday parties. We did the dinosaur theme a few years ago and I highly recommend it. You can even dig for your own fossils at the dinosaur... More 

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This museum has both indoor and outdoor activities that appeal to children of all ages and their accompanying adults. Coffee shop, gift shop, many exhibits. Highly recommend!

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Lower Gwynedd PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a don't miss in Durham...especially good for children. It can easily be an all day outing with lots to explore inside and outside. We enjoy it all! Family favorites are the train ride with "screaming"tunnel, the butterfly house and catching the wind with remote controlled sailboats. There are live animal and a butterfly house. "Into the mist" will... More 

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Additional Information about Museum of Life + Science

Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number: +1 919-220-5429
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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