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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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Great for kids & adults!

I went with my niece and nephew to the outside part and the butterfly house, they are awesome! A playground for both kids and adults. The museum also offers after hours events on... read more

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

I went with my niece and nephew to the outside part and the butterfly house, they are awesome! A playground for both kids and adults. The museum also offers after hours events on select days that are really fun for adults, the science of beer and the science of wine, to name a couple!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great museum overall. Love all the children friendly activities. I had a great time strolling thru the children sensory park then the nature stops to see, bears, wolves, lemurs, etc. The only problem was the high prices. Totally worth if you plan a whole day there and that's totally possible!

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

The Museum of Life & Science is a great family learning experience. My four year old granddaughter loved it. Her favorite area was the science displays. We definitely will be going back. To much to see and actually enjoy in one day.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It pains me to say good things about anything with "Duke" in the name, but these gardens are marvelous. Aside from Butchart gardens in Victoria, these are our favorite. Great to being a picnic and a frisbee and enjoy a few hours chillin and wandrin.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a hot afternoon so the bears and wolves were hiding. Lemurs were out but not active. Enjoyed the train ride and the Butterfly house. Probably a better place to go in spring or fall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We bring our parents here, when they are in town, with our toddler. It is a great place for letting her run around so that she can interact with grandparents, other kids, and her environment. This place is just the best. We have a membership and go as often as we can.

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Thank kl726
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

AC wasn't working due to power problems. Paid full price w/ majority of things not working. Wasn't offered any sort of discount for the inconvenience, & no one told us about the issues until we asked why it was so hot inside. Couldn't see the butterfly exhibit cause it was closed due to heat & had to use restrooms by... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Museum for family fun. Indoor and outdoor exhibits a plenty. Live bears, spiders to touch and handle if you dare. The interior lite rail train ride was unexpected and enjoyable. PS~ Four Buck$. Enjoy!!

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Chapel Hill, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My granddaughter loves this place, but I also enjoy the paths, exhibits and interactive displays. She is 2+, but this is a great outing for children through middle school age.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went recently with friends including a 4 and 6 year old. Had not been there in years. WOW....what dramatic improvements to a place that was already great. Highlights include the barnyard, dinosaurs, train ride and butterfly house. Lots of other exhibits as well and playspaces outside. We usually steer clear of food at these places but gave the restaurant... More 

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