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Museum of Life and Science, Durham

4.7
#5 of 23 in Childrens Museums in North Carolina
Children’s Museum Science Museum
Museum of Life and Science offers a comprehensive journey through nature and science with hands-on entertainment for children and adults. In the aerospace exhibit, where you can learn about NASA's early endeavors in space flight, you'll see Neil Armstrong's dosimeter and a section of the lunar rover. You can make your own flight simulators and test them out in the Launch Lab. Visit the butterfly house and walk through warm rainforest, where you'll have the chance to witness the delicate creatures emerge from their chrysalis. Move through to the "explore the wild" exhibit for a chance to see black bears, ring-tailed lemurs, and the highly endangered red wolves. Follow the dinosaur trail among life-size models of Brontosaurus, T-Rex, and many more. Kids especially love the fossil dig, where they can grab a shovel and search for coral, shark teeth and other fossils--and they get to keep the treasures they find. Plan your visit to Museum of Life and Science and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Durham tourist route planner.
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  • Nice place to visit with kids and grandkids. Not too big, but big enough to enjoy various areas and do different activities. Butterfly house is a must! Also, the train ride around the grounds of the m...  more »
  • This museum was very well done with a lot to do, and I felt like I was getting rushed through because there is so much interesting things to see there. There was a farm, a dinosaur trail, and an insid...  more »
  • Amazing to me that there is no fee for admission to this location which connects to the building next door that has three more levels of museum!!!  more »
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  • We have a yearly membership to the museum. It is a great place to take the kids to play. There are a lot of great hands on science exhibits for the kids to try out and learn from. There is an animal exhibit inside the building as well as red wolves and black bears in an outdoor exhibit. They just had baby wolves born on April 28, 2017 and they are cute. They also have a farm exhibit with pigs, rabbits, alpacas, goats, chickens, cows and a donkey. They also have a ton of outdoor play areas in activities to do all year round. Within the past year they opened a new tree house area. The tree house even has ramp access for mobility impaired and wheelchair bound people. My three-year-old and 10-year-old daughter really have a lot of fun with the water features that are outside. There is an area called into the mist. The kids tend to get pretty wet there so you might want to have a change of clothes and a towel with you. There is also a little river down by the treehouse that the kids can splash in. The train tickets cost extra but it's always a lot of fun to take a train ride around the facility.
  • Fun for the whole family! We were in town for a week and checked this museum out. We were at first weary of spending the money on entrance, but it was well worth it. I had a blast, my wife had a blast and our 2 year old son had a blast. When we walked in the first room to the left, I knew we were going to have a great time. We spent all day running around, exploring both inside and outside, tree houses, dinosaurs, space artifacts, butterflies, you name it. this museum was packed to the brim with fun and interesting things to play with.
  • 4 stars only because my toddler loved the play areas and wants to go again. The train ride is definitely not work 5$. I had high hopes after reading reviews but there are better options close to Raleigh. Mist area is most enjoyable. Butterfly area is a huge disappointment with kids running after butterflies and no one bothering to stop them.
  • Outstanding museum for a fun family outing! "Museum" hardly does it justice, as there's a dinosaur trail, butterfly house, petting zoo, animal and space exhibits, playgrounds and, maybe best of all, legit tree houses. It's Swiss Family Robinson meets playground in the sky; our son absolutely loves it here, and so do we. We have an annual membership and often stop by for an hour or so just to let him play at the outdoor attractions (a la a city park). This is the only museum/family entertainment locale in the area where you can spend a day and honestly not do everything. Also have a pretty good cafe and eatery for sandwiches and coffee drinks. Been coming here since I was a kid and am thrilled to see how much this place continues to grow and thrive. Highly recommend for families with younger children, but there's something for everyone.
  • I went with my son and almost two year old grandson. My grandson loved the dinosaurs! He also loved the mist area! He played and played and was soaking wet! We loved the animals and the trail was great! The butterfly building was awesome! We loved everything about the museum! I actually bought membership passes for my grandson for his birthday, and we are having his birthday party there in June! Very well done!

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