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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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Hands on entertainment for kids of any age

My husband and I are in our 30's and we thoroughly enjoyed this museum/park for nearly 4 hours. The creativity involved in the hands on learning/play areas outside was probably my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband and I are in our 30's and we thoroughly enjoyed this museum/park for nearly 4 hours. The creativity involved in the hands on learning/play areas outside was probably my favorite, wait no- the insectarium and butterfly house was definitely my favorite. But we also really loved the speedy little diesel train that is only $3 extra and tours... More 

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Henderson, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Went with my grandson and his pre k class to visit the museum. I hadn't been in years and was pleasantly surprised at all that had been added. There is alot to take in for just the couple of hours we were there as you could spend the whole day learning about science, insects, space travel and so much more.... More 

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Batesville, Arkansas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

There's something here for everybody--the young and the young at heart. I love the Butterfly Pavilion. They prove that learning can be fun with indoor and outdoor hands-on activities. Beware, you might run into a dinosaur or two walking to the Wild Animal exhibits. I love how they have remote TV cameras at the animal exhibits, so you can zoom... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I recently took my 2nd grade class here on a field trip. We were broken down into groups of 6. We spent the morning outside in the butterfly garden, wildlife exhibit (bears, lemurs, wolves), and the dinosaur exhibit. After eating lunch, we visited the inside of the museum. This included a hands-on lesson "sink or float." Each week the museum... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is a really great museum built out of an old rock quarry. There are several areas to visit, but some are really more fun if you have kids. There is a play place to burn off energy (aka, a playground), a butterfly conservatory (really cool for all ages), a few animals in very natural looking areas, and the neatest... More 

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Wake Forest, NC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I recently visited this museum after many years. It remains one of my favorites. The property itself is large and incorporates both outside exhibits and inside exhibits. Prepare for some walking and possible weather issues when visiting the outside portions which are a must. A few things that stick out in my mind are the inside insect and butterfly exhibits.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I have been several times and my niece absolutely loves the place. The inside exhibits are nice as are the outside ones. I also took my older brother and his children a couple of times and they liked it as well. I enjoy walking around the outside exhibits frequently. I would definitely devote several hours or multiple trips in order... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

I cane here with my family not knowing what to expect. It was so neat. A cross between a hands on learning museum and a zoo. The kids (9 and 7) had a great time. You can spend as much or as little time on each "experiment". We stayed for several hours.

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Cary, North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Have been going to this museum for years now since my kids were toddlers and they always keep the museum fresh with new ideas so it doesn’t get old. Some exhibits like the building room, train, animals and space travel information are static but well presented. Other exhibits change so you never get bored. The model train exhibit at Christmas... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Took my daughter here on her 3rd birthday with my family & it was very nice! It's a indoor & outdoor museum & they have a amazing warm butterfly habitat with tons of flowers & beautiful butterflies! If u just sit there they would land on you! They have animals inside & outside! Outside there were bears,lemurs & farm animals!... More 

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