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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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Hours:
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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Lots to do.

Great place for a day trip. Lots for the kids to do and enjoyable for parents as well. The tree houses are amazing. I suggest start at the back of the museum (animal trail) and... read more

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Roxboro, North Carolina
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Roxboro, North Carolina
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for a day trip. Lots for the kids to do and enjoyable for parents as well. The tree houses are amazing. I suggest start at the back of the museum (animal trail) and work your way forward..... especially if it is going to be a hot day. By time mid day comes around you will be to the... More 

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MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thanks Q8998YSkimberlys! With 84 acres, there's enough to cover multiple days of science adventure, so you had a great idea to work backwards! We can't wait for you to visit us again. More 

Kingsport, Tennessee
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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had brought our daughter for a visit at Duke and had a day to kill on our own. The Museum of Life and Science was nearby, but we were worried that as adults with no children we would feel out of place. Our worries were unfounded. Although there were many school groups the day we went... More 

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MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your review with the community Kingsportnative! We love hearing that the Museum of Life and Science has interactive learning experiences for all ages. We look forward to you visiting us again! More 

Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place for young and older children, my 14 year old still enjoys going. Reasonably priced and kids have lots to do for hours!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife & I when with my daughter & three young kids. We really liked the outside areas. There were at 10 different to explore. They have a farm where the kids got to pet a few animals. The kids had some much fun digging for fossils in the Dinosaur Trail & playing in the small stream in the Hideaway... More 

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MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Thanks, Ltcjim003! We're delighted to hear that you and your family had such fun with us! Thank-you for taking the time to share your recent visit with this community. Next time you visit, try out our Catch the Wind and Into the Mist exhibits! They're especially fun when the weather warms up. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We came here with our adult children. It is definitely a museum geared towards younger children. We had a good time walking around and playing with exhibits. We learned a lot just by being adults. Had a good time too. Young children would love this place.

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Durham, North Carolina
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We enjoy the variety of activities and appreciate that there is lots to do. Our toddler especially enjoys the train ride.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

From butterflies and trains to splash pads and tree houses this science center has it all and is a must see.

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MLSCommunications, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Life + Science, responded to this review

Aww, MamaKLB! You're making us blush. We appreciate the time you took in reviewing us and look forward to seeing you and your family again. More 

Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great for any age. Live animals . Butterfly house indoor and outdoor activities. Lots of hands on for the children. Busy from opening to close. Two days would be better to see it all. Also has a train ride around park.

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Thank jeanncnc
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Museum of Life and Science is, hands down, the best and most engaging place I've taken my kids for a learning/fun day. The 3 boys and I have easily spent 6 hours there happily. There is something for every age child indoors and out. Their outdoor exhibits alone could occupy the children for days on end. There are plenty... More 

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9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Our family was visiting after a flight, the exhibits were great and the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks!

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