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“I miss going here with my little one.”

Museum of Life + Science
Ranked #3 of 75 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.
Chapel Hill
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109 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“I miss going here with my little one.”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

When she was younger, our daughter loved this place. It's just the right scale for little kids--not too big, but with plenty to explore. The big sandbox with digging tools, the water park, and the butterfly house were big favorites.

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Rougemont, North Carolina
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“Time with grandkids....”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

Exploring the educational presentations, petting the critters, riding the train, walking with butterflies and making music among the trees was full of laughter and fun for all of us!

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Roxboro, North Carolina
1 review
“Museum of life+ Science”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

I LOVE IT........ My daughter was so excited and a little overwhelmed with some of her findings she didn't know were to go first, the butterflies were so beautiful. Can't wait to come back.

Visited February 2013
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Timberlake
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Fun”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We loved it all but the Butterflies were so beautiful its makes you want to come back for another visit and the train is very nice and the live animals.

Visited June 2012
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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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322 reviews
96 attraction reviews
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“Awesome children's museum”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is clearly the best children's museum that I have ever visited. Brought 3-1/2 year old twins and they could not have been happier. So much to do and see. It seriously takes more than 1 visit to see and do everything. We will be visiting frequently.

Visited February 2013
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