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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 Stw Han Stw
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.