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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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“Family Fun”

We had a great experience here yesterday. My daughter had a butterfly landed on her at the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lollipopG2002
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NY
via mobile
Perfect for K-3

This is a beautifully designed children’s science museum and well worth the price. With young... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pomommie
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“butterfly house” (210 reviews)
“train ride” (69 reviews)
“dinosaur trail” (50 reviews)
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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
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+1 919-220-5429
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"interactive exhibits"
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"red wolves"
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"live animals"
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"great for kids"
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"family membership"
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"petting zoo"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great experience here yesterday. My daughter had a butterfly landed on her at the butterfly house. My son loves the Dino trail. The train is also a lot of fun. If you’re planning on coming more than one day as there’s so...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a beautifully designed children’s science museum and well worth the price. With young children on a nice day, a family could easily spend five hours. Diversity of exhibits is impressive. Mostly hands-on learning inside. Boardwalk nature walks. Butterfly house. A vast, exciting playground...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum had a lot of things for kids and adults to do. It will occupy children young and old. Don't miss the outdoor area. it is very large and has a lot for everyone to explore. The butterfly house is especially cool. don't miss...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are indoor and outdoor activities, plenty of space outside to enjoy a play area, and to see farm animals! Our 3 year old grandson loves this museum. We enjoyed the butterfly garden and the dinosaur walk too. Well worth the admission, this place offers...More

Thank Judy K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our 2 year old loves the Life Science Center. His favorite things to do are see the animals of course. The interior animal exhibit is his favorite and currently under renovation to be complete April 2018. The goats, pig, and cows outside are always entertaining....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been her half a dozen times now, in good and bad weather and it never fails to entertain us and the Grandchildren ( ages 2 & 4). We usually spend 5-6 hours every time were there, so much to see and do we...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a chilly day and the three generation visit. ALL of us had a great time...and we barely saw what all they offer. We had an 18 month old and a 3 1/2 year old with us. Everyone enjoyed the sights. We started in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would give the exhibits and activities 4 stars. One star deducted because I think the cost is too high for what it is. For our family of 4 (8 yo and 12 yo)- $60+. We came middle of the week, about 12:30-5. Not too...More

Thank Kris C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is a lot to do and see both indoor and out. I have worked at science museums in several cities and the Museum of a Life and Science is a gem. I doors there are interactive building exhibits, space artifacts, spatial puzzles, live animals,...More

Thank Louise833
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many interesting exhibits in and out. The setting is lovely and easy to walk around. Even when it's busy, it doesn't seem crowded or noisy.

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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!
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BackwoodsBecca
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
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4NCtravellers
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
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