North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Description:The Museum is home to almost 150 animals, a rideable replica of a classic train, and hands-on exhibits about everything from the nanoscale to outer space.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:433 Murray Avenue
Address 2:
City:Durham
State/Province:NC
Zip Code:27704
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:September 1 - December 31
Monday: Closed to the public
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 P.M.
Members are admitted to the Museum at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum is CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

January 1 - September 9
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 P.M.
Members are admitted to the Museum at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Admission:Adults: $10.85
Seniors (age 65 and older): $8.85
Children (ages 3-12): $7.85
Children (under 3): Free
Telephone:(919) 220-5429
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Lisa B., Co-op Member
We love the Museum of Life & Science. It is well worth the drive (about 2 1/2 hours) for us. We especially enjoy the butterfly house!
S. Donald, Co-op Member
Whenever we are in the Raleigh/Durham area, my family tries to make a point of visiting this museum. Inside are hands-on activities where children can explore weather patterns, (touch a cloud, watch a tornado form, etc.), pretend they're a vet in the Animal Care Corner, even explore an Apollo command module. But this is so much more than just a museum... outside there are animal exhibits, a huge butterfly house, percussion discovery area, and wind experimentation area. You can sail your own boat, see how far different seed types fly, and even ride a train. Just make sure to wear good, comfortable shoes because you'll be sure to do a LOT of walking!
MWhite, Co-op Member
Fun, engaging and educational! We love this museum! It has exhibits and many hands-on activities to catch the attention of various ages.
Their website lists projected attendance, which can be very high during school field trip and camp seasons. Try to find a less-attended day if you can to make the most of the hands-on activities.
The whole place is very clean and well-maintained.
Here s a partial list of features.
an indoor area focused on native North Carolina wildlife with turtles, snakes, birds, bats, etc.
expanded outdoor areas with bears, wolves, and lemurs in zoo-like enclosures with daily ask the keeper times
a wetlands area with lots of turtles, birds, and bugs
a farmyard with sheep, pigs, cow, donkey, turkeys, rabbits, etc. (Try to catch the yearly shearing of the sheep if you can.)
an outdoor section with mounted steel-drums and other percussion items to play
a room with sensors that translates large body movement into sounds
exhibits on space exploration and lunar-landing technology
a simulator that smashes crash-test dummies at high speed
a small train
a real-life caboose to explore
lots of bones on display
a leaf-cutter ant colony
a satellite-picture map table you can move and zoom by physically shifting the table
a beautiful butterfly house
live bug exhibit
weather exhibit with fog and tornado simulations
There s too much for us to do in one day, so we have a membership and go often.
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