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Museum of Life and Science, Durham
(4.7/5 based on 650 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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  • We visited this museum as a family - parents, kids 2 to 8, and grandparents. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Two floors of education in the main building, with lots of hands-on activities the kid...  more »
  • A great place to learn about science through hands on activity. Farm animals, wild animals, tree house complete with rope ladders, etc. There is a separate place for picnics. Lots of learning to do on...  more »
  • Love this place. We visit often and love the rotating exhibits as well as the regular attractions. Lots to see, so consider a membership. 
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  • Oh it was wonderful. The baby enjoyed herself. Her favorite exhibits was the dinosaur trail and the farm. Very well kept. Full of indoor and outdoor activities for children all ages. My daughter will be 2 at the end of the month. She loved it....I will warn you though. Be prepared to walk. My daughter fell asleep in the car immediately after our visit. I was tired too. 10 stars.
  • 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.
  • We love this place. The hours fly by and you can spend your whole day inside or out...all depends on the whims of the kids. The butterfly house and giant treehouse are not to be missed!
  • Went with my 10yr old son whilst on holiday in NC. Got to see a black bear, wolves and a whole host of farmyard animals. There Dinosaur Trail was a huge hit. You need nice weather as the majority of activities and things to see are outside on the trail that you follow. Highly recommended!
  • 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.