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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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Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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 …

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The Research Triangle Park

  • NC Hwy 147 Exits 5-8, I-40 Exits 279 and 280
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • (919) 549-8181
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

RTP is the world's largest university-related research park with more than 170 companies employing over 49,000 people. Carved from Durham pinelands in 1959, it is a prominent high-technology research …

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Rhine Research Center

  • 2741 Campus Walk Ave, Bldg 500
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 309-4600
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

World's most famous laboratory studying extrasensory perception (ESP), telepathy, psycho kinesis, and related mental abilities. Library, exhibits, and tours by appointment.

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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