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Museum of Life + Science

#3 of 77 things to do in Durham Features Animals
433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Fabulous Sunday afternoon

My family - husband, and two preteens - decided to visit this location on our weekend visit to NC... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Amy T
Cape Coral
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Great Local Day for Kids

We are members of this local museum and love supporting the sciences and learning. The outdoor... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
Durham, 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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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 18 May 2016 via mobile

My family - husband, and two preteens - decided to visit this location on our weekend visit to NC from South West Florida for an event at Duke. It cost us almost $60 for entry, but soooo worth it! We instantly headed outdoors towards their...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

We are members of this local museum and love supporting the sciences and learning. The outdoor activities, mist garden, all new tree house exhibit (called Hideaway Woods) are fantastic activities for kids. There is a small train to ride around the park as well as...More

Thank LauraelR
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Layout good. Not expensive. Good family outing. Can spend half a day there, but not sure you can find enough to do to spend a whole day there. Don't buy the fast food offered outside from the vendors.

Thank Lady3dee
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

We've been members at the ML+S for 5 years and we still love going to the museum for a nice sunny day. It's prefect for little kids and big kids. They do a great job of maintaining the grounds and adding new attractions like the...More

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

What a terrific place for young and old. Many places for active play and learning. My 2 year old grandson can't wait to visit and never wants to leave. The new Hideaway Woods is an absolute treasure.

Thank jvj24601
Reviewed 2 May 2016

This place is great for families! The tree house is fun and they have lots of different places to explore outside. The mist area is a nice treat on a warm day. They also have a nice indoor museum, especially nice to escape the heat...More

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

So many different species of animals. Beautifully well maintained exhibits. Keepers were very knowledgeable and obviously care about the animals in their charge. Very educational and fun!

Thank Mel C
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Plenty of children in the museum so you won't feel alone if you are visiting without children. The butterflies, farm animals...just so much to see and many, many things to touch and see how things work. While walking through the insect part of the museum,...More

Thank Afoodie65
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

This is my personal all time favorite museum in the RDU area. My older kids are in college now and their fondest memories are here. With my 3rd son coming along late in life...I have yet another excuse to visit! From the animals...to the train...More

Thank regcoates2
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This a great museum for families. The inside has many interactive and hands on activities. The outside exhibits has a modernized play area, barnyard, water features, wild life exhibits, train rides and butterfly house. There is an entrance fee so it can be pricy for...More

Thank NanaP123
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Amy E
8 August 2017|
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Response from Idan L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lot to do like learning how washing hands help you, learning about stress, space, and movie making. There is also an outside section with dinosaurs, and farm animals.
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
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