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“Wonderful for kids”

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: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Awesome place for kids of any age. Interactive science activities inside the building, fabulous outside play area, and a short train ride around the museum. Best, in my opinion, is the Butterfly House. If you sit still, they will land on you!

Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

What a great place to take out of country/town guests. Our Japanese friends just loved the day spent there and we even got to watch several special things going on.. Then had lunch in the little cafe nearby. A great way to spend tax money....

Thank Northcountrychick
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

What a great experience for our grandchildren visiting from Morocco....It was well organized and held wonderful surprises for the children.

Thank Northcountrychick
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

It's not really a museum but more of a park. Really cool though, lots of things to see. Be sure to get there early because crowds are heavy in the afternoon. Probably one of the most unique science museums I have ever been too. My favorite thing to do in the museum was contraptions and I have never seen anything quite like it at any other science museum in the country!

Thank hotelguy_12
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

My kids really loved this place. Not too big, easy to get around with a Grandma with a bad knee! Good food and excellent bugs!

Thank KathyJ461
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