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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.

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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
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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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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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Meeting Facility Rooms
Main Museum
Special Events Tent
30 X 50
Mercury Meeting Room
40 X 50
Magic Wings Butterfly House
33 X 50

TinkerTech Family Workshop | Thermal Reactions

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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The Science of Wine

Enjoy an elegant evening of fine wine and examine the science behind your favorite vintages and varieties. The Museum has invited local wine sellers, cheese makers and chocolatiers to create this …

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AfterHours: 80s Night

Leave the kids at home this event is 21+ The ultimate Throwback Thursday! Venture back in time with the help of cosplayers, retro science experiments, and themed food and drink samples from …

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AfterHours: Dynamic Duos- Eat & Drink

Leave the kids at home this event is 21+ Dynamic Duos are easy to think of: Peanut Butter and Jelly, Wine and Cheese, Batman and Robin. At Dynamic Duos experience food and beverage pairings …

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The Science of Beer

Leave the kids at home this event is 21+ Your favorite North Carolina brewers will serve up samples while scientists school you on the how's and why's of beer making and drinking. In addition to …

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AfterHours: Zombie Prom

Leave the kids at home this event is 21+ BRAINS!!!!! It's getting spooky at the Museum of Life and Science as the undead get ready for their first zombie prom! There will be a DJ concocting a…

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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