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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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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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Durham Museum of Life & Science

The museum is easy to find. It is right off interstate I85. My kids really enjoy every visit, and I enjoy every visit. There is usually something new and creative on each... read more

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

We went with two 2 yr olds and most exhibits and hands on stuff didn't seem to interest them. They liked the butterflies! Probably much better when they get older.

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Thank Bruno B
Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went with school children. Inside of museum is very nice. Plenty of activities for little children under 13. Would not recommend café inside of gift shop upon entry. Staff were not friendly her helpful. Asked for sweet tea and they gave me unsweet tea and then wanted to charge me for extra sugar. Did not see any outside animals except... More 

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

The museum is easy to find. It is right off interstate I85. My kids really enjoy every visit, and I enjoy every visit. There is usually something new and creative on each trip. Take your walking shoes and enjoy the inside and outside of the museum grounds.

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Thank Linda M
Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a great place! Ours kids are 3 and 6 and we love it. The outdoor side can easily take all day. There is a swamp in the middle so beware of mosquitos and we did see water snakes. My kids really love the Hideaway Woods, which is this gigantic tree house/fort. They have a small one for... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were at the Museum for a unusual and enjoyable wedding reception. The wedding was scheduled to be held in the Butterfly House, but due to the weather it had to be moved indoors. After the ceremony, the guests were free to wander through the museum playing with the exhibits and generally having a good until dinner was served. Fun... More 

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Kenly, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to this museum on a school field trip last year and it is the best Science Museum I have ever been to. Lots to do and see. The Dinosaur area was so much fun for the kids.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There is so much to see& so well presented. Questions are answered. Very knowledgable & entertaining

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't think of a place that has more variety in a single spot for families. We have a family membership and take our of town visitors here at every opportunity. Great outdoor activities with hands-on learning experiences such as miniature sailboats, petting zoos, large animal wildlife area--love the Lemurs! Inside building carries on the learning theme with science and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

NC history is beautifully crafted with interactive short videos of major events n real spinning factory n gun factory too!

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Thank Kshitij-Rakesh
Southeast Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The outside area is so nice for little ones. Lots of shaded areas and places for them to run and play.

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