Special Alert

Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • Primary: (919) 220-5429
  • Fax: (919) 220-5575

Gateway Park is the first thing visitors will see when they head out of the museum's main building to go to the museum's other popular exhibits - the Butterfly House, Dinosaur Trail, train rides, Into the Mist, and more. The structures focus primarily on natural materials, fitting in with the museum's emphasis on natural play.
A long climbing piece is mostly made out of wood and rope. Depending on their ability, kids can climb from one end to the other or focus on particular sections. The park also features a large sand area with some trucks and diggers. A small hillside slide is great for little ones. The park is surrounded by benches and tall trees for shade.
Gateway Park is free with admission to the Museum of Life + Science.

General
  • ADA Compliant Facilities:
  • Business Hours: M-Sa, 10am-5pm; Su, 12pm-5pm, (closed Mondays, Sept–March only).
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  • Miles To Convention Center: 3.00
  • Miles to RDU Airport: 15.5
  • Near/along I-85 (within 1 Mile Of Interstate):
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  • Accessible to Strollers:
  • Public Restrooms - Disabled Access: Accessible, but may need help with door
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Parking
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Group Tour Info
  • Group Rates: General Admission - under 3 free; children (3-12) $11; Active Military w/ID $14; Seniors 65+ $14; Adults $16
  • Scheduling Policy: Pre-registration two weeks in advance required for group discount; Non-school Group Rate $9 per person
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided
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Visual Arts
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Uniquely Durham
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Museum of Life + Science Meeting Facility
  • # of Rooms: 6
  • Total Sqft.: 1,650
  • Largest Room: 150
  • Theatre Capacity: 150
  • Classroom Capacity: 150
  • Exhibit Space:
  • Description: The Museum of Life and Science main building exhibit space offers a number of creative settings. A variety of group sizes can be accommodated depending on the details of your event.
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  • Outdoor Capacity: 0
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Meeting Facility Rooms
Main Museum
300
1500
Special Events Tent
30 X 50
100
150
175
Mercury Meeting Room
40 X 50
150
70
110
200
Magic Wings Butterfly House
33 X 50
0
1650.00
0
0
80
100
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604