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Durham - Museum of Life And Science

433 West Murray Avenue

The Museum Life and Science’s mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where young children to senior citizens embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community and their world.

A must-see indoor/outdoor science park, the Museum features aerospace, biomechanics, data technology, geology, physical science, small science (for young children), weather, Carolina wildlife, discovery rooms, an outdoor nature park with train ride and farm animals and Magic Wings Butterfly and Bayer Crop Science Insectarium.

A private nonprofit organization, approximately 70% of its operating budget is from earned income: program fees, admissions, membership and corporate and foundations support. Durham County tax dollars help maintain the facility as a trust for Durham residents. The NC General Assembly also provides support though the Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.


Tim Tanasov

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
We love it! Well worth the membership fee!! So many things to do. We love the tree house, the train rides, slides, little stream, the butterfly garden and of course the little farm!! Our kids are ecstatic every time we bring them and never want to leave!! Check out the tower we built with the blocks.. I think we went 5-6 stories. If you can do more post a picture!

Tiffany Donley

Friday, March 16, 2018
This was my first time going to this museum and unfortunately it was during my daughter's school field trip. Needless to say, we didn't even scratch the top surface with viewing the place because it's immaculate. You really need to go when you have time to spend because there are not only so many things to see, but a whole lot of things to DO from outdoor activities and adventures to indoor hands on activities. My 7 year old had a blast and so did I. We shared a special moment where a part of the museum had a paper machine where you make a paper plane and put it on their machine which makes the paper plane fly, and my baby didn't know how and had never made a paper airplane. I got the opportunity to sit down in the area provided and show her how to make her 1st paper plane. It was the best moment ever for me as I watched my daughter's face glow as I showed her and she assisted me in paper plane making. I am grateful to this place for creating this moment for my daughter and I. Above all, I look forward to going back and creating new moments!!

Harrison Kelly

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
Our daughter has been going here monthly for 2.5 years and still loves it. Some other museums don't have much for younger audiences, but this one has plenty. There's also lots of hands-on stuff, unlike some museums which feel better suited toward readers and those with long attention span. The gift shop has really good lattes and some snacks. The cafe is nicely positioned near the other side of the property, and the food can be hit or miss (never amazing), but it's convenient and not overpriced. The membership pays for itself after a few visits, and it's nice not to worry about time/cost/value every time we go.

Tonya Henry

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
A great place to take the kids and see sights (science wonders) for all. The parking could be better and more handicapped spots though. There is a play area, train, animals, interactive exhibits and so much more. Gifts shop is available for those who want to take a souvenir! I recommend going at least once. When we visit from TX, we stop by even though I feel its too pricey.


Saturday, March 3, 2018
This museum is so freaking awesome!!! There is so much to do I don not even know where to begin!!! From Natural Science, to wildlife, to Space Age exhibits, everything in this place is super awesome!!! Fun for every age! If you have not been to this Museum you are really missing out!!! I absolutely loved it!!! ☺️☺️☺️

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