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Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Terrific museum for children and adults

Loved our visit today! There is so much to see and do! The large outdoor area is like a forested... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Watch for adult-themed nights

We used to come here a lot (and even had a membership) when our daughter was little. We hadn't been... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved our visit today! There is so much to see and do! The large outdoor area is like a forested zoo featuring bears, lemurs and wolves. Mama wolf was nursing her little ones. There are dinosaurs to climb, a farm with animals like alpacas and...More

Thank GG12014
Reviewed 5 days ago

We used to come here a lot (and even had a membership) when our daughter was little. We hadn't been back in many years but signed up for an adult night featuring food and drink samples. The entire grounds were not open but most of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are lots of things for children to do at the Museum of Life and Science. There is the Museum proper, with lots of interactive exhibits; there is a train ride, a butterfly house in which you can have butterflies land on your hand, a...More

Thank Bliggens
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have told so many people about exploring this museum. It is beautifully arranged with lots of incredible exhibits. Looking forward to returning this summer!

Thank baltg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I will say when we pulled up to the building I was like ok we will see how this go because it looked small...but little did I know how much of it was outside! We got our tickets and picked a time slot for the...More

Thank Mindy S
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

WOW! Thank you so much for your amazing and thorough review! It means so much that you took the time to reach out to us and to detail your trip for the community. We're glad you and your whole family a fun-filled day of science...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For being a local location it is very awesome to take kids to play Sia zoo and to just get outside and enjoy some air. There is water activities plus lots to see. It's an amazing little treasure to take kids to right in the...More

Thank 342mitchr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family fun with our 2 & 5 year old. Easy parking, quick ticket line. Make sure you buy a train ride ticket. So many spots to learn and have fun. The kids could spend hours just at one area. Go early, take drinks and snacks...More

Thank ExecutiveFamily
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review, ExecutiveFamily! It's great to hear that members of our community enjoy so many aspects of our Museum. We hope you come back and visit us again soon-- we're always adding new features and looking for ways to spark...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Family friendly museum is great for kids and adults! Although the main floors feature popular exhibits, don't miss the hidden exhibits levels above and the night time exhibits for adults only!

Thank Carol N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We've attended with our kids for the normal museum, as well as during the various night time adult events such as science of wine, etc. Big fans of the space and diverse offerings. A MUST SEE Durham!

Thank MBFNCNative
MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much MBFNCNative! We're glad you enjoy both the adult and the all-ages events. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 23, 2017

Always fun - kids have a blast and there is always something of interest for adults. Can be noisy when school tours go through, but have always enjoyed my visits in the evenings and weekends. In my opinion, it is a great place for a...More

Thank Sara K
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has anyone tried the Santa train at this museum? is it fun, worth the price?
November 10, 2016|
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
its a little pricy but my kids who at the time were 2-4 loved it. They have a few other things for kids to enjoy like little workshops and play place and face painting. Worth it at least one time.
Would this attraction be good for teens? And are the outdoor areas shady and cool enough for in Summer? Is there food for purchase? How expensive?
July 4, 2016|
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Response from Cindy K | Reviewed this property |
I don't really think teens would be that interested in this place unless they are really into science and nature. Some of the outdoor areas are shaded but its still hot . The butterfly conservatory is like a tropical... More
Is it free all day on the day that it is free for Durham citizens?
June 27, 2016|
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Response from GundlachB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all day, for Durham County residents with ID.