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Museum of Life + Science

433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
+1 919-220-5429
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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Science Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Richmond, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing combination of zoo, science museum and children's museum. There is much to offer and an unbelievable amount of outdoor space to explore. Really wonderful interactive exhibits that entertained younger teens. Highlights were the butterfly conservatory, the lemur exhibit, the remote control sailboats, the dinosaur dig and the outdoor percussion area. Hint: they accept reciprocal science museum... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our family has been going to this museum for years. We are members as we enjoy the reciprocity agreement that this museum has with other science museums across the country. I agree with TroisFils27-- if you attend on a day when camps are present, the staff turn their heads while camp kids tear up the place. When staff are alerted... More

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

Thanks so much 656beths for taking time to share your experience with this community. We’re delighted to hear you enjoyed our outdoor exhibits; the lemurs and butterfly house are two of our favorites as well! Keep an eye out for exciting new additions to our outdoor campus with the opening of our new 2-acre nature playscape, Hideaway Woods, in Summer... More

South Bend
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We just returned from spending four hours with our almost 6-yr old and 3-yr old grandchildren. There is so much to see and do that we didn't even have time to cover the entire museum. The butterfly exhibit is very nice, and the Carolina Wildlife exhibit is well done. Our two enjoyed the creative play area. There's much to experience... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have visited much nicer museums with more engaging and better maintained exhibits and activities. Very expensive for what you get. More than several exhibits needed repair. We visited today and if your child is not part of one of their summer camps, expect them to be ostracized and forced to fight for the scraps. The museum staff seemed to... More

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

Thanks for taking time to share your experience with this community TroisFils27. While we strive to offer the best guest experience possible we’re always looking for areas where we can improve. Your experience with our summer camp participants has been forwarded to our camp administrators as a training opportunity. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience with... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Museum of Life and Science is a wonderful place to visit. There is so much to see and do. There are lots of hands on exhibits for the kids and big kids alike from weather to sound. They really found a way to make science fun. Most of the museum is outside and there are walking paths. One of... More

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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The indoor exhibits/interactives are great, but the Dinosaur Trail and the Butterfly House are terrific. There are also really great bear enclosures and fun things to do along the various trails. We spent 4 hours there and could have stayed longer.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I know nature is technically science, but this museum has so much to offer and it no where near as crowded at Marbles in Raleigh. The outdoor section is fun for the kids with life - size models of dinosaurs, a black bear enclosure and lemurs. The butterfly exhibit was the climax of our visit with butterflies landing on my... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We spent the day at the Museum of Life and Science with our 10 year old and 7 year old. Our party also had a grandmother that utilized the complimentary wheelchair and got along just fine. Kids LOVED the outdoor experiences with the playground, train, dinosaur walk. Kids had a great time digging for fossils. Don’t skip the insect exhibit... More

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LaCrosse Wi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My sons family went here with their two year old twins. Children under 3 are free. They enjoyed it immensely. There are so many activities to keep youngsters engaged for hours. Well worth the price of admission for adults.

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Candler, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I went there all the time a a kid and I tell you what it has grown in the last 30 years. We recently took out 2 1/2 old son there for his first time. There is a little train that you can ride and you can see lots of different stuff like Life Size Dinosaurs. I rode the same... More

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