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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 Han N Lumin Han N Lumin
Dec 11, 2022 5

Nice science museum, especially for kids to play and learn. The museum has both indoor and outdoor components. Some cool space related exhibits and lots of hands on learning activities. The outdoor part has some hiking trails and the dinosaur walks. They also have a neat butterflies greenhouse. Museum cafes, brewery, coffee, and gift shop are available. Free to Durham residents on certain dates with proof of residence

Photo of Kassandra Stewart Kassandra Stewart
Nov 3, 2022 5

This place is amazing! So much to do! We spent 5 hours here and didn't get to enjoy the inside because there's just that much to do! My kids (under five) loved the dinosaur trail, train and all the natural playgrounds! The butterfly enclosure was wonderful as well! The food was very good, pricey but actually worth the money. We spent most of the time outside, which for us, was a plus! Also, there are restrooms EVERYWHERE! A huge plus in this family. Very clean. We went on a weekday so it wasn't crowded. We enjoyed every bit of it and can't wait to return

Photo of S A S A
Oct 12, 2022 5

Have been coming here since I was kid, and it just keeps getting better. $23 for adults. You can easily spend 4 hours here and enjoy every minute. Incredible amount of wildlife from Black Bears...to a Copperhead...to Poison Dart Frogs...to Walking Leaf Insects (they will blow you away). When you walk in, definitely buy a train ticket. 1.5 mile loop that goes around twice. Coffee Shop inside...Butterfly House you can walk-through. Treehouse exhibit outside that is a wow factor. Have fun and take your time!

Photo of Corey Kaminski Corey Kaminski
Oct 9, 2022 5

We love the Museum of Life and Science! So many amazing exhibits to explore and learn. Hours of fun inside and outside. My daughter loves the butterflies and the dinosaurs. Can’t get enough of Earth Moves and Into The Mist. Totally worth the membership!

Photo of George Byram George Byram
Jul 26, 2022 5

This "museum" is amazing. It's like a children's museum, science museum, and nature center all rolled into one. There are indoor exhibits reminiscent of a science center (weather, rockets, live animals!) but the real gem is the outdoor track. There is about a mile loop chock full of awesome stuff for kids like treehouses, fossil digging, live bears and wolf's, barnyard animals, butterfly house, RC sailboats, smoke ring makers and much, much more. Many things like the seed dropper that I have never seen before. The dinosaur trail was a real highlight with the kids. Must see if you or in Durham or, like us, driving through.

Photo of Kody Plemmons Kody Plemmons
Jun 26, 2022 4

Really well kept, nice place! We didn't realize how big it was but enjoyed the day. Did not know the train tickets were separate so had to walk back to the front to purchase tickets which were sold out til later in the evening. Kids loved it and the butterfly house was really neat!

Photo of Aimee Driscoll Aimee Driscoll
Jun 22, 2022 5

Really great place to bring the whole family. There are tons of exhibits both indoor and out. Bathrooms are readily available throughout the outdoor exhibits as well. Everything is clean, well kept, and cared for. All paths are wide and paved, easy for strollers/wheelchairs. There are also many water fountains and water bottle refill stations. You can bring your own food with you, and eat outside at the picnic tables. There are some misting stations outside as well, which will help cool you down if it gets hot. There is a bathroom right across from the sand and water exhibit, and one changing station as well. This place is worth the trip, and the price.

Photo of Matthew Clayton Matthew Clayton
May 31, 2022 5

Best activity for young kids in Durham. The outdoor area is vast and way better than the inside parts. Definite recommend for nice days, but it's got enough to work on rainy days in a pinch. Membership is a good deal or it's good for out of towners just for a day. The cafe is also decent for lunch. Membership is well worth it for locals.

Photo of Pia Boje Pia Boje
May 20, 2022 5

Wow what a great museum. This was one of the best museums we've been to. We (2 kids and 2 adults) went on a Sunday. The parking lots were filling up quickly and we got there a little after 10am. There was no line for the tickets though. We actually didn't have to pay anything because of membership to a different museum in Virginia so that was quite surprising. Most of the museum was outside, lots of walking for the little ones but I saw lots of families who were prepared with strollers or wagons. Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen if you go in the warmer months. We brought waters and some small snacks. There is at least one restaurant in there were you can buy snacks. The kids had so much fun and we could have spend another day here. Just to highlight a few things. The kids (5 & 7) loved the tree houses. The waterplay area is also very fun (bring a change of clothes for the kids). The life animals were cool to look at, the little bear looked a bit sad but he is just getting used to the environment. I enjoyed the butterfly house. We enjoyed the inside part as well, lots of hand on things to do in there. All in all it was a great time. There are plenty of bathrooms and water fountains were you can fill up your water bottle.

Photo of Luther Luther
May 14, 2022 5

This is a really cool museum, specially targeted to kids. We spent almost three hours there with a 3&7 year old and not once was there any indication of wanting to leave. The exhibits inside and out are really good and interesting. The butterfly exhibit was amazing. The insects were even more. Things like Hissing Madagascar cockroaches, Malaysian stick bugs, horn beetle, giant winged cave cockroaches. All, of alive! I could go on but suffice it to say if you are wondering whether to go, the answer would be a resounding YES!

Photo of Janiqua Dunn Janiqua Dunn
Apr 10, 2022 5

We weren’t expecting for there to be so much to do there! We spent hours outside and my kids had so much fun! There were so many interactive activities for them to do where they could learn also. The indoor part of the museum was excellent too. We would definitely go back there again if we’re ever in town and highly recommend.

Photo of AnnJanett Luxury AnnJanett Luxury
Mar 29, 2022 5

Love it here been twice so far ( love my membership ).. weekdays are much more calmer and best for parents with smaller children like our baby just wanting to explore. The weekends are a much bigger crowd. But both times we truly enjoyed ourselves and our goddaughter loved it ALL! Especially the playground! She was nervous in the butterfly exhibit and an older gentlemen worker was great support. Letting her know there was nothing to be afraid of. There’s usually a worker you can find at each exhibit that you can ask questions which is a benefit. As an adult i enjoyed the lemurs, butterflies and bears the most. We easily spent 2-3 hours here and still have so much to explore! Will be back!

Photo of Ken Ray (mrkenray) Ken Ray (mrkenray)
Mar 22, 2022 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 Kelli White Kelli White
Mar 20, 2022 5

Loved all of the exhibits (the area with the tree houses was closed). The bugs, wolves, butterfly house were awesome. Bears were sleeping. Kids loved the playground by the visitor center, the mist pad, the sailboat pond. Everything was clean, easy to walk around, lovely walking space.

Photo of Han VanderHart Han VanderHart
Mar 12, 2022 5

When I say the staff at the Museum of Life and Science have their Lost Child Recovery routine DOWN, I mean it. Scanning, walkie-talkies, multiple contact points, great contact with the parent or guardian.Yes, I am that embarrassed parent of two who has experienced their child disappearing TWICE at this magical and absolutely fun and interesting children’s science museum/experience.Thank you, Museum team. Y’all and your facility and animals are the best. ❤️Definitely invest in a membership, folks!