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“Enchanting Experience”

Museum of Life + Science
Ranked #6 of 87 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 28, 2011

The Magic Wings Butterfly House and Insectarium are great fun for young and old. We loved the fact that museum staff was available to answer questions and share information--with us and with our grandchildren.

Thank MaryPB
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

This is a wonderful museum in every respect. We visited on a beautiful fall day with a four and seven year old and spent many happy hours both inside and outside. We will be back!

1  Thank MaryPB
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

I may be in my fourty's but I was a kid at heart. This is a fantastic place to explore even if you are an adult. The staff was wonderful and the area was an learning experience.

1  Thank Korina S
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Many brilliant hands on exhibits - make a tornado, butterfly conversatory, NASA cockpit. Interesting for both kids and adults

1  Thank chetbori
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

This is a wonderful, interactive facility. We had 4 children in our family group of 12, also. I was able to obtain a wheelchair (only leaving my driver's license as "security") for my 90 year old mother-in-law. They also allowed us to obtain a "group rate", since we called the day before and had a group of 10 or more. It was a fabulous outing and enjoyed by all....from age 5 to 90 !! I would highly recommend it!

Thank ATL777_7
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