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Museum of Life + Science

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Address: 433 W. Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Phone Number:
+1 919-220-5429
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions....

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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We have an annual membership which makes total sense if you plan to come as a family at least three times a year. Our kids love it here

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have an annual membership which makes total sense if you plan to come as a family at least three times a year. Our kids love it here

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No matter your walk of life or interests, there is something to please learners of all ages at the Museum of Life and Science. I've been on a first date here and LOVED it - the butterfly house is phenomenal. I've also brought my toddler niece here - she felt comfortable in the play area especially designated for her age... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has had a membership to this museum for about 5 years now. We love this place. It has wonderful interactive things to do as well as lots of learning activities and behind the scenes meet and greets. It has everything that you could possibly want in a museum. The recent addition of the tree houses is outstanding! The... More 

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Thank Joseph M
Durham, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I have been members here for the last 2 years and probably visit on average 8-10 times a year, yet it never seems to get old. The site, including all the outdoor area, is enormous so bring comfortable walking shoes. The treehouse section is a real hit for early school age kids (our son is two and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been coming here for 15 years with our grandchildren. They absolutely love this Place! Has a lot of indoor, hands-on exhibits and special exhibitions change regularly. The outdoor areas are very special with numerous teaching exhibits that are fun for kids of all ages and great climbing areas to run off all that excess energy. We are members and... More 

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Durham, NC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The butterfly exhibit is one of the main attractions and visitors are surrounded by butterflies of many varieties. The space exhibit is also enticing. There are additional exhibits this year that I have not yet had an opportunity to see; however, I plan to see them this season.

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Thank davesenel
Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Animals (farm, wild, butterfly, reptile and bugs), music-making walls, tree houses, construction toys, and a railroad to ride. Fun abounds for all ages. Our out of town toddler grandson, along with his parents made up this multi-generation visit which ended with our grown son (who lives in a major urban city with many museums and a large zoo) stating that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my girlfriend on Saturday mainly to check out the butterfly house and the lemurs. We were not disappointed. It was well worth it. A great place to take kids or a date. So long as you do not mind being constantly surrounded by children. Went spent about 3 hours there walking around visiting both their indoor and outdoor exhibits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect outing for a 5 year old. Lots of interaction displays. Enjoyed the different traveling exhibitions. Enough to keep a child interested for hours. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn't believe how big this place was. A wide variety of exhibits. We came early and exhausted all the kids and still left a lot unseen. Very impressed with the tree house setup. If we lived closer we'd be regulars.

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