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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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Wow, great way for a family to spend a afternoon

this is a great way for a family to kill a hot summer afternoon. Everything from prehistoric to modern lab technologies.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

this is a great way for a family to kill a hot summer afternoon. Everything from prehistoric to modern lab technologies.

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I encourage you to visit the Museum of Life and Science. They provide a nice variety of inside and outside activities and displays.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This spot is great for kids but there are plenty of activities that adults will find interesting as well. Lots of outdoor spaces to enjoy when the weather is nice. The seasonal butterfly exhibit is very interesting as well.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Love the insect building and butterfly garden. Walk around animal trail is very nice. Bears were active. Wolves were hard to see, but they are there. Keep looking. Lemurs were fun. Visited 3 times in 2014.

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

(I'm a 10 y/o kid. I went with my family, and I was very immpressed. It's a lot larger than you would expect. We started in the outside area in the farmyard which housed rabbits, a donkey, a pig, a cow, and two alpacas. It smelled a little bad, but it was very fun. We continued by walking to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Upon first walking into this museum I was a little skeptical. There weren't a lot of spectacular sights at the initial entry. However, as we continued past the ticketing and first room (which was designated for building things with wooden blocks), the rest of our visit became entirely interactive. From the hands on science lab, to the giant ant farm... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

So often in today's society, we use the TV as babysitters. This place gives you a fantastic alternative to such mentally mundane activities. It is extremely family friendly and education on so many levels. My daughter loves riding the Choo-Choo train and she always gets a kick out of the farm animals and reptile exhibits. The butterfly center is also... More 

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durham, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

Not only is the museum a great place for you and your little ones to learn and explore; I recently learned that the MOLS also serves as a venue for special events/meetings. The price is reasonable, and the facility is very Accommodating. My personal fav is the butterfly house.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I grew up going to this museum and many new exhibits have been installed keeping it interesting. I'm an adult with no kids, and I still enjoy going there with friends. My favorite thing is the vibrant butterfly house, its a great sanctuary in the cooler months too as it is always warm and lush inside. I also enjoy seeing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I plan to go to Durham, NC to visit The Museum of Life and Science. A friend highly recommended it to me. I'm a "Kid at heart", so I'll enjoy learning NEW things.

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Additional Information about Museum of Life + Science

Address: 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
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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