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Science Places

The urge to learn is one Durham takes seriously. It's not just in the classrooms and the research facilities either (though it is certainly present there, too). It's in places like the Museum of Life + Science, where interactive learning is encouraged through exhibits like a dinosaur trail complete with a fossil dig, a total immersion butterfly house, a woodland habitat where animals can be observed, and other hands-on experiences. The Duke Lemur Center heeds the call by hosting the largest population of lemurs outside of their native Madagascar, which are then protected and studied to promote an appreciation of biodiversity. In addition, the nation's largest research park, Research Triangle Park, calls Durham home.

The listings below offer opportunities for everyone – children or adults – to explore science through tours, exhibits, and more.

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Duke Lemur Center

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: …

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American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

The world's largest technical and scientific textile membership society where practically all dyes, finishes, and textile chemicals produced in the U.S. are tested. Call for tour information.

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Butterfly House at the Museum of Life + Science

Three-story tropical butterfly conservatory, the largest on the East Coast, featuring exotic flowers and tropical plants in a rainforest area and stream garden. Insectarium has more than 25 live …

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Catch the Wind at the Museum of Life + Science

Catch the Wind is a four-acre outdoor learning experience at the Museum of Life and Science featuring a series of large-scale, interactive exhibits that express how wind influences the environment. …

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Duke Center For Hyperbaric Medicine & Environmental Physiology

Pressure chambers used to simulate ocean and high altitude environments. Center has conducted joint research with NASA, U.S. Navy, and international governmental agencies. Call for tour information.

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Duke University Phytotron

Operated by Duke University Biology Department with 67 growth chambers and six glass houses for environmental controlled experiments ranging from plant genetics to global climate change. Tours …

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Explore the Wild at the Museum of Life + Science

Explore the Wild is a preserved natural setting home to black bears, red wolves, and lemurs. Natural observation areas, 750-foot boardwalk, outdoor microscopes, and field cameras look into this …

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