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Museum of Life and Science

Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave, Durham, North Carolina 27704 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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“A perfect place for both adults and children”

Over sixty years ago a group of dedicated volunteers began Durham, North Carolina’s first trail-side nature center. Known as the “Children’s Museum,” the center flourished, and soon a collection began with dinosaur fossils and minerals. The fever of space exploration and astronauts who trained in Chapel Hill motivated the search for an aerospace exhibit. A kind soul rented a truck to haul the now-famous landmark Mercury Redstone rocket from Alabama to its new home on Murray Avenue in Durham to grace the exterior of a burgeoning indoor/outdoor museum.

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 FarmyardEllerbe 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.

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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September 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

Really cool museum if you're a kid. If you're an adult, not so much... this isn't the kind of place you can just stroll into without a kid and not get dirty looks. Don't ask me how I know.

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Reviewed by
KelseaMcBelsea

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  • 1 Helpful
June 30, 2014

A lot more kid friendly then adult friendly but still a super fun trip for adults!

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SheenaCorkum

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May 16, 2015
Rated 4.0

A great place for a family with smaller children. Lots of hands on activities to teach the kids about science and nature. The butterfly house was amazing. Definitely a kid's museum.

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Museum of Life and Science

Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave
Durham, North Carolina
27704 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking

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