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Museum of Life + Science

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433 W Murray Ave, Durham, NC 27704-3101
+1 919-220-5429
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Cherry blossom time was delightful and magical

This is a must visit. You pay for parking only and Sat and Sun are free til 1 pm. The children we... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2016
Carmen H
Durham, North Carolina
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Great place. I think this is more for pre-teen kids although there was stuff to do for everyone... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2016
West Monroe, Louisiana
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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 10 June 2016

This is a must visit. You pay for parking only and Sat and Sun are free til 1 pm. The children we saw there were entranced with all the flowers. Dogs are allowed in almost all areas of the park making it a friendly stop...More

Thank Carmen H
Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

Great place. I think this is more for pre-teen kids although there was stuff to do for everyone. The food was a little pricey. Overall if we return to the area with young kids we will most likely go back.

Thank ronnie_adams
Reviewed 4 June 2016

First trip to the Museum today, but will not be our last! There are so many areas and options that even with a larger crowd, you are able to still have fun and participate. Great for ALL ages. They have specific areas for little ones...More

Thank Bridget K
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We had the best first trip to this place. It's huge and there is something for everyone. My two year old loved it. We didn't even do half of it because she got tired but we still did a lot! The train was great and...More

Thank kecompel
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We don't have children, but wanted to see the butterfly house. We had so much fun! We played with the exhibits and had a blast seeing the animals and insects. It was hot and crazy packed, but definitely something we would recommend!!

Thank sunshynem16
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Expansive outdoor space, lots of interesting exhibits. Very enjoyable even if you don't have small children with you. Indoor areas appeal to a broad range of ages as well. Butterfly house is an experience not to be missed.

Thank Carrie V
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We enjoyed the outdoor park much more than the inside -- of course my kids are 12 and 18. We loved the pigs and lemurs the best -- oh and the bears! Great place to visit.

Thank Christina P
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

We went to this museum in the afternoon and found it to be interesting, engaging and diverse in its offerings. It seems great for people of all ages. Loved the lemurs, in the back of the extensive grounds. So nice it had a coffee shop...More

Thank lserendip
Reviewed 24 May 2016

My husband and I decided to visit this place for something different to do. Since it was in the middle of the week, we figured it would not be crowded. Lo and behold, there were young students and teacher chaperone(s) and it was noisy, which...More

Thank poopsie017
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I was un-aware that this place is designed 100% for kids. Which is great if you are one, or have one, I am not nor do I have one. I felt it was over priced for me. There are few animals and some in door...More

Thank MadDogTraveler
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Amy E
8 August 2017|
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Response from MLSCommunications | Property representative |
Good morning! We have 84-acres of outdoor exhibits as well as a two-story science center, and a cafe and train! I would say that there's plenty to do for children of all ages and abilities!
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
4 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