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Museum of Life + Science

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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Great place

Kids you take should be in the mood to pay attention and do fun learning, otherwise they will be... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lucy Z
Not just for children. Lots of walking.

It had been a while since we had been here and we wanted to see all the changes. We used to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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“butterfly house” (197 reviews)
“train ride” (66 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (43 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Kids you take should be in the mood to pay attention and do fun learning, otherwise they will be board

Thank Lucy Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

It had been a while since we had been here and we wanted to see all the changes. We used to enjoy bringing the children here. It is still fun. Doesn't everyone enjoy dinosaurs? The dinosaur trail was cool. They did a good job on...More

Thank krazykatztoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nothing boring about this museum. It is oriented towards kids and families, but would be fun for anyone. Just walking the grounds outside is a trip into nature. The butterfly exhibit was excellent. Don't miss the wall where they have the butterflies hatching and get...More

Thank Warings
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is so much to do here inside and outside! My toddler especially loves the sand play, barnyard animals, and riding the train. I especially love that the exhibits encourage and are built for interaction.

Thank NcGerberdaisy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 4 year old loves to go and enjoy the many activities here. Spends a lot of her time at the Hide Away Woods play area. The Butterfly Exhibit and Farm capture her interest as she likes to interact with animals.

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tons of things to explore for kids of all ages. The butterfly house is always a hit. The "falling leaf simulator" is surprisingly fun. The sailboats are great fun, but they're quite touchy, and there needs to be an easy way to push them off...More

Thank windskisong
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone who's 4,5 ,6, or 7 will love this museum. You can make many visits per year. And there's something for everyone. Budding scientist will have tons to explore.

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visit Durham several times a year to attend sporting events at Duke. On our latest trip, we stopped by the Museum for our first visit (based on a recommendation from a relative in Raleigh). We wish we had allotted much than the two hours...More

Thank j k
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Went with grandson. He had a blast going through the dinosaur trail, going to the insectarium, seeing all the animals and seeing the exhibits. The train ride was fun also. Spent 4 hours there, which is a record for us. Will be coming back.

Thank likestotravelNc
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Will attend a wedding there at 7pm tonight, so we came first thing today to wear our 2 yr old out. If we hadnt mentioned that at ticket counter, we wouldnt have known we qualified for a discount! More than enough to keep ages 2...More

Thank SoccerMomBossyPants
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Amy E
8 August 2017|
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Response from MLSCommunications | Property representative |
Good morning! We have 84-acres of outdoor exhibits as well as a two-story science center, and a cafe and train! I would say that there's plenty to do for children of all ages and abilities!
10 November 2016|
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Response from Ltcjim003 | Reviewed this property |
We took a 9, 7 & 4 year old. All had fun & kept busy. There is a lot to see & do both indoors & outdoors. I recommend going on a nice day so you can do the outdoor activities. Otherwise 2-3 hours might be the max amount of... More
5 July 2016|
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Response from Cindy K | Reviewed this property |
I don't really think teens would be that interested in this place unless they are really into science and nature. Some of the outdoor areas are shaded but its still hot . The butterfly conservatory is like a tropical... More