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Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • Primary: (919) 220-5429
  • Fax: (919) 220-5575
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The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast, a dinosaur trail where guests can admire over a dozen life-size dinosaurs, and Hideaway Woods, a two-acre nature discovery environment featuring eight tree houses, a flowing stream, and fanciful nature sculptures.

With indoor and outdoor exhibits designed to accommodate a range of interests and abilities, a day at the museum means hands-on learning fun for science lovers of all ages!

The Museum of Life and Science is frequently ranked as one of the top family-friendly museums in the Southeast. Elements Museum Store and Coffee Bar offers unique solutions for holiday gift giving with a wide array of one-of-a-kind products for science lovers of all ages.

General
  • Accessible to Strollers:
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  • 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
  • Miles to VIC: 2.80
  • Near/along I-85 (within 1 Mile Of Interstate):
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  • 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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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
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  • 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

Pumpkin Patch Express

Climb aboard the Ellerbe Creek Railway for a journey to the Museum's pumpkin patch. Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before …


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AfterHours: Fermentology

Investigate the science behind your favorite fermentables with some of North Carolina's best brewers and chefs. From beer to bourbon, kimchi to kombucha, celebrate the microbes that bring flavor and …


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TinkerTech Family Workshop | Watts up? Construct with Light

Once a month, the Museum investigates a different area of technology in a hands-on, 90-minute workshop. Both kids and adults will love playing with innovative engineering toys and learning about …


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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604