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“Awesome Life & Science Center Near Raleigh, NC”

Museum of Life + Science
Ranked #3 of 80 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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking
Reviewed March 14, 2013

We visited family in Raleigh the last week of Feb 2013 and visited the Museum of Life and Science in nearby Durham. This place was very nice both inside & out. Lots of great, interactive exhibits inside definately kept our group of kids (between 6-11 yrs old) entertained. Since our group was mostly boys, they truly loved the bug / spider exhibits....pretty amazing. Once you start the outside exhibits, there are lots to do, including a cute train ride that takes you over a small section of the park. Definately more impressive to the little ones as most things they see are fake or cardboard cutouts. The food we had was not only well priced but delicious....impressive for a park like this. The animal exhibits were very nice....we were impressed by the black bear exhibit most of all, they looked fat & healthy and they were very playful the day we were there. The boardwalk you walk on to see the different animals is a very pleasant walk in natural surroundings. We all loved the sailboat pond where you can control your own sailboat and move it around the pool. The butterfly experiance is great as well. Just an overall great day with kids and bring your cameras because you'll have lots of opportunities to take some great pics once you're outside.

Thank welshcorgi2
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Interesting and fun place to go with the family or just by yourself on a rainy day! Everything is well displayed.

Thank Roger T
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

My son has practically grown up here. Always new things to see for all different ages and lots of hand on activities.

Thank Cara G
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a great place to visit for kids of all ages and even adults! Everyone learns scientific concepts by doing and interacting. Some of the high points are the insect house, the butterfly house and the sailing pond (where you learn about wind by sailing toy boats). And bring your binoculars since there are nature walks where you will see lots of birds, turtles, and other wild life. Plus there are bird feeders for really easy bird watching. There is a small selection of wild animals in large, well designed pens. There are cameras in the pens so that you can locate the animals even if they are at the back of the pen. It is thoughtful ideas like this that makes this place so enjoyable. And if you are hungry, there is a very nice cafe with a good variety including gluten free and vegetarian options. They allow adults to order from the extensive kids menu which can help save money if you just want a small portion. We visited on a weekday in March when it was not too crowded. I would recommend trying to time your visit to avoid crowds since I did not get the sense that the place is laid out to accomodate large groups comfortably.

Thank BostonNix
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

This place is just outstanding in its diversity of attractions. Love it. The butterfly house is huge and you can see the different species emerging if you get lucky.

Thank judith_kelley
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