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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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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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Fun for All Ages

This is my second time to the Museom of Life and Science and it is a great place to spend the day with kids. My niece is 2 years old and loves the outdoor treehouse, sandbox and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Cary, NC
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Cary, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is my second time to the Museom of Life and Science and it is a great place to spend the day with kids. My niece is 2 years old and loves the outdoor treehouse, sandbox and seeing the farm animals and butterflies. You can park in either lot and I noticed that it fills up pretty quickly. Once you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I have a family pass here. There is a large two story life science museum with many hands-on and interactive stations acceptable for kids of many ages. The outside area is many acres: including a barnyard area with animals, a bear, wolf, and lemurs. My kids really enjoy the Dino dig and usually find a few shark teeth. They also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I took my nephews here recently, but grew up going here! It is a fun place to learn, and really experience many different things (animals, science, dinosaurs, etc.) You can really learn a lot and it is a safe place. The food is pretty good for lunch and the train is so much fun!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our Sunday afternoon spent here. Highlights were the butterfly house where we were surrounded by tropical butterflies and amazing flowers and the dinosaur trail. The tree house area is lots of fun for the kids and great exercise. We bought an annual pass and will visit often.

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Thank Dave F
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to take young kiddos. I have two boys, 6 and 3, we spent two full days there. Lot's to do outside and inside. Love the live animals, demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, and play areas. The tree houses, climbing areas, and dinosaurs were among our favorites.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is such a great place to go anytime - rain or shine. There are so many engaging exhibits for all ages. The museum is constantly adding new spaces with more adventures for young and old alike. I would recommend annual membership because it's a great weekly trip for family interaction with an educational benefit.

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Thank Carolineolync
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great field trip destination for children of all ages. I took many a field trip there as a child and it was always fun. They seem to change or add something all the time. One of the best museums I have ever been too.

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oyster, virginia, usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This museum, tucked into a residential area convenient to I-85 in Durham, is one of the best, if not THE best, experiential museum I have ever had the pleasure to visit. I took two grandchildren, ages 4 and 6 1/2, but the museum is engaging for older children and their adults as well. The website (ncmls.org) features a video that... More 

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New Market, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Imaginative, multifaceted hands on learning explorations that are fun! From the train ride to the wind discovery to the math and art adventures and more, the integration of play with experiential learning is sure to keep children of all ages engaged. Butterflies, the treehouse and real locally grown & prepared foods brought more delights! Outstanding way to spend a day... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I still vividly remember the day, sometime around early 2009; a colleague of mine from Duke University, asked me whether I have taken my kids to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina. My reply to him was that I have not heard of this place (I had just moved from New York). He said that in... More 

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