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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
Phone Number: +1 919-220-5429
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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This museum is such a great place to go anytime - rain or shine. There are so many engaging exhibits for all ages. The museum is constantly adding new spaces with more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is such a great place to go anytime - rain or shine. There are so many engaging exhibits for all ages. The museum is constantly adding new spaces with more adventures for young and old alike. I would recommend annual membership because it's a great weekly trip for family interaction with an educational benefit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great field trip destination for children of all ages. I took many a field trip there as a child and it was always fun. They seem to change or add something all the time. One of the best museums I have ever been too.

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oyster, virginia, usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum, tucked into a residential area convenient to I-85 in Durham, is one of the best, if not THE best, experiential museum I have ever had the pleasure to visit. I took two grandchildren, ages 4 and 6 1/2, but the museum is engaging for older children and their adults as well. The website (ncmls.org) features a video that... More 

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New Market, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Imaginative, multifaceted hands on learning explorations that are fun! From the train ride to the wind discovery to the math and art adventures and more, the integration of play with experiential learning is sure to keep children of all ages engaged. Butterflies, the treehouse and real locally grown & prepared foods brought more delights! Outstanding way to spend a day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I still vividly remember the day, sometime around early 2009; a colleague of mine from Duke University, asked me whether I have taken my kids to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina. My reply to him was that I have not heard of this place (I had just moved from New York). He said that in... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This multidimensional art/play space is incredible. It is child friendly if you are 3 or an agile 69!! It encourages exploration, self-confidence, and playfulness,

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family has a membership and it is well worth the money! There is so much to do both inside and outside. You will not be sorry that you went! Our whole family loves this place! What a wonderful learning experience!

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a hands on place both inside and out. rainy day and sunny day activity great for the family, friends, dates and solo Wake amongst the butterflies, or take a train ride. Its a beautiful day in this neighborhood.

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London, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is the absolute best I have been to as far as childrens museums go. Tons of stuff to do definitely and all day outing. Spent the better part of 2 days there recomended if your in the area with young children.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an early Friday morning with nothing planned for the grandsons (3 and 1) so decided to take them to this Museum. I thought we would only be there a couple of hours with the boys being so young but let me tell you we were there all day! There is an awful lot for this age group. We... More 

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