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Museum of Life and Science, Durham

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • I took my nephews here recently, but grew up going here! It is a fun place to learn, and really experience many different things (animals, science, dinosaurs, etc.) You can really learn a lot and it i...  read more »
  • We really enjoyed our Sunday afternoon spent here. Highlights were the butterfly house where we were surrounded by tropical butterflies and amazing flowers and the dinosaur trail. The tree house area ...  read more »
  • Great place to take young kiddos. I have two boys, 6 and 3, we spent two full days there. Lot's to do outside and inside. Love the live animals, demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, and play areas. The ...  read more »
  • Exceptional place for kids of ages 1 and above. Lots of neat stuff. Lots of diverse stuff. Combines learning and active fun with a really well organized layout. Just an awesome place. It's the first place we think of when out of towners are looking for something fun for their kids.
  • I would actually give the museum 4-5 stars but their customer service and policies leave a lot to be desired. I arrived with a small group (11 people total) and asked for the group rate. Staff said we couldn't receive it because we didn't reserve the date online (you don't have to pay, just reserve the date). I told them that I didn't see anywhere online that said you had to reserve the day/time or else I would've done that and that we drove 90 min to come to the museum. She said sorry and that it would be full price to go in. When she saw that we were hesitant she told us that we could go to the botanical gardens in Durham and that it was free to go there. She even said she would give us directions. I've never heard of a business trying to get you to leave their establishment and go to another one especially when 8 of the people had never been to the museum before. Talking to the manager he said, "Sorry we've met our group reservations for the day, but you can still go in for full price." I NEVER make a fuss, but, really!?! What happened to the customer is always right. Pretty much feel like they could care less who goes there.
  • A fantastic local museum, with a constantly rotating set of active and interactive exhibits - everything from weather formation to getting up-close-and-personal with nature. When I was a kid myself, there was a raccoon here that I was convinced I was friends with. Maybe I was. He was a pretty awesome raccoon. Take your kids. The world needs more places like this.
  • Durham's Museum of Life and Science never ceases to amaze guests young and old alike. The grounds have been improved over the years and are better than ever, with Hideaway woods, Dinosaur trail, and the Magic Wings butterfly house. The MLS has a busy schedule of programs to satisfy curious minds, ranging from daily activities to weekly kids camps to fill summer days with learning. They also host Museum After Hours, which are evening events for the 21+ crowd including the Science of Beer and Wine and Cocktails and Cosmonauts, to name a few. I highly recommend MLS to anyone that I know. Also, ask about the birthday party packages for kids, it was more than I could ask for when I took my 9 year old there in April.
  • We are big fans of this museum. There's lots to do for children of all ages and in all weather. Our favorite is the toddler area right now, with a toddler of our own, but the whole museum can be enjoyed even now.
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