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Museum of Life and Science


433 W Murray Ave
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 220-5429
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Photo of Jay Baker Jay Baker
May 31, 2019 3

This place is amazing! A lot of stuff to do for kids. You can literally spend a whole day here just exploring the different sections and what not. There's something for all ages and plenty of exhibits and activities that are really educational. Most of the museum is outside but there is a large indoor section as well. My 3 and 8 year old kids loved this place and were exhausted by the time we were finished for the day. We drove all the way up from Charleston, SC to spend a weekend in Durham, NC and enjoyed the area a lot! With that being said, the reason for the 3 star review was the poor customer service that we ran into with multiple employees. Specifically the Sprout Cafe where all of the young workers there were miserable and had ZERO customer service. It's very sad to but unfortunately there's not a lot that can be done about that.

Photo of Kyra Malone Kyra Malone
May 11, 2019 5

This place is amazing for kids of all ages! The animals are not to be missed (especially the lemurs). Indoor exhibits are fun but the best part is outdoors. Butterfly house, dinosaur trail, train rides. So much to do and it doesn't get old.

Photo of Mint Cooper Mint Cooper
Jun 8, 2019 5

Great place for family. There are a lot of fun things to do and you can spend all day there without being bored. It’s $21 for adults, $16 for kids (up to 12 years old), and free for babies and toddlers. The space theme is interesting. There is also a dinosaur trail where kids can learn about dinosaurs and dig the fossils. It’s more of an outdoor place so we would not recommend going on a rainy day. Parking is free and there are a few cafes and vending machines available. It’s open 7 days a week from 10-5 PM.

Photo of brian carlson brian carlson
Feb 21, 2019 5

We have been members for two years and will continue to be as long as we live in North Carolina. Worth the trip from Fayetteville even off just for a day trip. Booth My 6 and 3 y/o absolutely love it, both inside and out. Always a great atmosphere for any age child. Kids can roam free and explore at their own pace. limit seems to be only their own imagination.

Photo of James Goerke James Goerke
Aug 20, 2019 5

Super fun place for adults and kids. We are annual pass holders and try to go a few times a month. The annual pass is a great deal. At just a few times a month it get the price down to a few dollars per visit. Parking is free. Food vendors all take cards except the lemon ice vendor who only takes cash. Train is extra and worth it but probably not an every trip activity.

Photo of Richard Bobholz Richard Bobholz
Jun 27, 2019 5

We held our wedding here on June 22, 2019. From guests who visited during the day to guests that were seeing the museum for the first time at our ceremony, everyone had positive things to say about our choice of venue. My favorite part was doing our first look in the butterfly house. It was such a magical place to see my bride in her wedding dress for the first time. I was awestruck. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment. The museum staff were great with Lauren helping coordinate our wedding up until the day-of and Chase coordinating the day-of. They answered all our questions and were on top of anything that came up. We were a little eager to move forward when we booked the venue nearly a year and a half before our wedding, but Lauren was great at working with us despite having other, nearer, events to work with. The timelines and all the materials we were provided were very helpful! Lauren and Chase also coordinated our vendors so when we showed up the day-of, everything was setup and ready to go. It was a huge relief to see when we arrived! All-in-all, we highly recommend the Museum of Life and Science for weddings (and visiting)!

Photo of Madeline Roper Madeline Roper
Jun 22, 2019 5

It's really fun and educational for everyone regardless of age. The wolf pups are super cute, but sometimes the animals are sleeping so you can't always see them, but when you do it's worth it. The treehouses are cool but usually full of little kids. There are lots of fun activities inside and outside.

Photo of Heather Burns Heather Burns
Jul 12, 2019 5

A museum that truly celebrates the diversity of life and the wonder of science via a myriad of interactive stations...! There's truly something here for every one, across the age ranges, and makes the life of this toddler mom so much more interesting, educated and full of joy.

Photo of Andreas Willis Andreas Willis
Aug 17, 2019 5

The museum and everything within the compound is top-notch. The interactive exhibits are superb for kids. The butterfly house is absolutely amazing. And the outside exhibits are awesome. The tree houses, the boardwalks, the animal exhibits in their outdoor habitat, dinosaur trail, are all excellent. A truly wonderful way to spend a day with the family.

Photo of Jessi Stallings Jessi Stallings
Aug 1, 2019 5

This is a phenomenal science museum. They’re ever changing, looking to each all ages and always have something new. They do offer a discount for zoological society members as well as offering a membership program to go more often.

Photo of Amanda Lee Amanda Lee
Jul 26, 2019 5

Not just for kids! This place is awesome. Yes, it’s amazing for kids. But check out their 21+ and up events. They are well done and so much fun!

Photo of Ken Ray Ken Ray
Oct 11, 2019 5

The museum of life and science has been a part of our lives for years, and it is always a pleasure to be there. That said, the new "Earth Moves" exhibit is a whole nother level of fun. All sorts of entertaining and educational means have been devised to get sand in every crevice of a kid's body. Plus, they'll be soaked to the bone within two minutes. So much fun!

Photo of Abby Kersten Abby Kersten
Aug 29, 2019 5

I brought my 1 year old (not walking yet) and 2.5 year old here and it was WONDERFUL for all of us. The outdoor part is pretty shaded-especially on the paths. There is a section with water mist so if you let your kids go there be sure to bring a change of clothes and/or towel! There were some kids there with swimsuits on. I could go on but the best part is that everyone slept great that night!!

Photo of Tiffany Andrews Tiffany Andrews
Sep 22, 2019 5

We came here on a recommendation and it was Amazing! Lots of activities, even an Interactive section where you can do experiments! Great exhibitions and area where you can watch the Palientoligists work, also has screens to watch presentations. The Dinosaur exhibits are fantastic and on an enormous scale, this place is a Must if you are in the area.

Photo of Stephanie Grossman Stephanie Grossman
Nov 9, 2019 5

So much new stuff! We became members again today (had a membership over a year ago) and we were not disappointed! The new Earth Moves exhibit was a huge hit with my 7 and 9 year old. We can't wait to experience it in warmer weather. Lots of seating at each exhibit so your kids can play while you save your feet. Plenty of animals, interactive exhibits, and many different subjects for any interest.

Photo of Allison Ross Allison Ross
Oct 28, 2019 5

Absolutely fantastic community resource! I am so grateful we live within 30 minutes of MLS. They have such a huge selection of educational entertainment for all ages! We especially love Hideaway Woods and Earth Moves and recently, the lemurs. The one thing this interactive, science-based play area is missing is a water bottle refill station (available at Lowe's) inside the main museum. They've recently installed one by the cafe, but after seeing people drink DIRECTLY out of the water bottle spigot, I'm a bit hesitant to use it again. 🤢

Nov 26, 2019 5

My children really enjoyed this place! The dinosaur exhibit is what initially attracted us but once we got to the museum, there was so much more to see and do. We stayed here for approximately 5 hours and didn't get to do everything. My kids enjoyed the dinosaurs, running through the mists, the train ride, and the tree house playground. Definitely bring a change of clothes because there are some activities that involve water. Also, there is a picnic area just outside the parking deck if you want to bring food. The gift shop on the right when you come back to the main building is awesome. The prices are very affordable and my kids got to pick more than one item to take home with them.

Photo of Joshua Allen Joshua Allen
Nov 26, 2019 5

Really excellent. Great for kids and adults. Love the outdoor walking trail. I love taking my nephew loves the hideaway woods.

Photo of Chelsea Derreberry Chelsea Derreberry
Dec 14, 2019 4

We had a blast here! 4 generations (11 months-70+) all found something enjoyable! However I wish there was just a touch more to do inside for older infants & toddlers besides the play area. We'll be back once our little one is a bit older & we find ourselves back in Durham!

Photo of Kelly Williams Kelly Williams
Dec 25, 2019 5

On nice days my kids beg to do the dinosaur trail outside and on cool and rainstorm days we stay inside. This place Gets busy and fills up on weekends so be prepared . They do have restaurant and lots of activities

Photo of Jackie O Jackie O
Jan 13, 2020 4

This place is amazing for everyone. Kids love lots of places to explore inside and outside. I saw wolf, bears, snakes and so many other animals. I walk the dinosaur trail. Played with wood bricks. What great place, plenty of places to sit and watch the kids play. Everything super interactive. A must visit place with family and friends.