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Museum of Life + Science

433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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With an out-of-town friend, we spent a couple hours following the outdoor trails and paths of the... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2016
Durham, NC
Lots to see

Great place for kids and adults. We spent several hours there. Quite a bit of walking outside which... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2016
Waldorf, Maryland
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

With an out-of-town friend, we spent a couple hours following the outdoor trails and paths of the museum on a beautiful spring day. There are so many indoor and outdoor exhibits that it’s hard to choose how to spend your time. We began our trip...More

2  Thank GundlachB
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great place for kids and adults. We spent several hours there. Quite a bit of walking outside which was very nice, the indoor activities are numerous and could be good for a rainy day.

2  Thank aksharpes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

A beautiful indoor and outdoor space to help kids of all ages meet and greet nature! Ideal for all weather!

Thank Ana F
Reviewed 3 April 2016

My son and I visited the museum to see the area while my husband and daughter were on a college tour a Duke. At first, I was worried that my son wouldn't enjoy the park as it seemed from the outset to be geared toward...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Brought my boys, ages 6 and 12. At first glance, my 12 year old was mortified that it seemed like only little kids here but both kids ended up loving it. It was a holiday and the line to enter was long so we did...More

1  Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

We were visiting my new nephew and spent a family day at this wonderful establishment. Nephew is a year a half old and my daughter is eleven. Both the kids and adults loved every second. The parking lots were full to capacity, yet you felt...More

Thank BrettLoehr
Reviewed 2 April 2016

With new additions and exhibits, there's always a good reason to visit. The kids never tire of the butterfly house or the new climbing/play exhibit. This is a great way to spend a free afternoon.

Thank fotoamazonas
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Avoid the cafe! We got in line about 12:20. At 1:00, we realized there was no way we could order and eat lunch in time to catch our 1:30 train. So, we explored some more and came back afterwards. The line was just as long....More

Thank D L
Reviewed 30 March 2016

We visited with our teen and 7-year-old and had a wonderful time. We visited during spring break so we weren't prepared for the line to enter, but it was a beautiful spring day and the line moved at an okay pace. Staff knowledgeable and courteous,...More

Thank RoadTripNJ429
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

What a great place. We loved the butterfly house and Dino trail. We will definitely be back next time we visit Durham.

Thank 868katheriney
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has anyone tried the Santa train at this museum? is it fun, worth the price?
10 November 2016|
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
its a little pricy but my kids who at the time were 2-4 loved it. They have a few other things for kids to enjoy like little workshops and play place and face painting. Worth it at least one time.
Would this attraction be good for teens? And are the outdoor areas shady and cool enough for in Summer? Is there food for purchase? How expensive?
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
Is it free all day on the day that it is free for Durham citizens?
27 June 2016|
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Response from GundlachB | Reviewed this property |
Yes, all day, for Durham County residents with ID.