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“Sad Example of a science museum”

Museum of Life + Science
Ranked #4 of 84 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: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 13, 2008

As a high school biology teacher here in NC, I was not prepared for what I didn't see on display. Nothing on Evolution at all. How can this be called a Museum of Life and Science and not include the biggest Theory in Biology(the study of Life)? I have contacted the museum by email and have requested they forward my note to their science consultants. I am embarassed that this facility is in my state, and is State sanctioned. The state mandated biology curriculum requires the teaching of Evolution in our schools but has no mention of it in a Life Museum? Save your money for a proper museum (Washington, DC or NYC for example).

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Reviewed January 8, 2008

After beginning our tour with some fun in the children's area, we enjoyed the forested wildlife area with non-releasable wildlife. I was pleased to see the large natural habitats with woods, streams, waterfalls and no signs of stress. This 6-acre outdoor exhibit was proclaimed a "national model" by the National Science Foundation.

The lemur exhibit is part of a study by Duke University and I had to dig more into that before deciding whether to visit this place since I don't feel like a university should "own" lemurs.

I found an article that made some sense of it all:
http://www.thenatureinus.com/2007/11/surviving-lemurs-celebrate.html

I feel strongly that we should not allow something to become extinct if we can intervene and save an animal from the results of our own destruction of this planet. However, within that context there needs to be a stress-free environment or we're not doing the animals any good.

We enjoyed the farmyard area where we got to touch the animals. Then we journeyed into the Butterfly House with exotic butterflies, tropical plants and some close-up views of insects from around the world.

Inside the main museum area were exhibits on aerospace, geology, weather, and other science subjects.

We spent five hours at this place and would've stayed longer if we didn't have another place we wanted to visit.

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3  Thank TheNatureInUsdotcom
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Reviewed January 2, 2008

Visited on a rainy Sunday. Lots of fun interactive exhibits but much of the museum is more of an outdoor playground. Felt that the Museum of Natural Science offered more activities and without an admission charge. The butterfly house was lovely but seemed a little under populated compared to other ones that we have visited. On site cafe pretty standard for museum fare.

4  Thank MOBX
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