North Carolina Museum of Life and Science

Address: 433 W Murray Ave
Phone: (919) 220-5429
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Category: Science Museum
Check Ins: 4721


  • NASA

    Greeting you in front of the Museum is a Mercury Redstone Rocket. On May 5, 1961, a rocket just like this one carried Alan Shepard into space, making him the first American to accomplish the feat.
  • Greta Patterson

    The butterfly house is excellent (during the spring and summer, of course).
  • Jessica Y

    Play some of the awesome outdoor instruments!
  • Lori Mehen

    The butterfly house here is world class
  • Steven Jones

    Spent the day at museum-and its everything people had told me it would be. great variety, plenty of hands-on stuff, indoor & out. Highly recommend if you're new to the area...and have kids of course.
  • National Wildlife Federation

    Look for blue heron in Wetlands: a red-tailed hawk lives in trees over the red wolf exhibit; Can you find their four bears?
  • Dwayne Watson

    Have the kids where old clothing so that they can dig for fossils on the dinosaur trail!

    Perfect weekend destination! This museum has great exhibits and family fun! Learn even more about prehistoric animals, and buy highly detailed dinosaur collectibles by visiting
  • Sarah Shea Roberto

    433 West Murray AvenueDurham, NC 27704-3101(919) 220-5429
  • The News & Observer

    Be sure to find the “Diversity of Life” exhibit on the 2nd floor. The aim is to show you how research is performed in the wild and to get you thinking about what that research means to you.
  • Heidi Hoopes

    You can bring in anyone on a membership, so if you're bringing visiting family or something, you probably just paid for a membership.
  • Daryl Riggins

    The farmyard turkey is actually a robotic security device. You've been warned.
  • ??Sweet Jaime Lee ??

    Never stopped!! Just passing through
  • Christine Seib

    They do a butterfly release in Magic Wings twice a day: 11am and 3pm. Your best chance to get in contact with one.
  • Sora Choi

    Durham residents can come for free on Wednesdays from 1-5!
  • Dave Lennon

    It's best to go to the butterfly house at 11. They do a daily release of butterflies at that time
  • Rebecca Arendt

    Great time at a Yelp event. Lots of really neat exhibits and many were hands on which is always fun!
  • Toshi Tsuboi

    Dinosaur, animals, experiments, butterflies; something for everyone of all ages
  • Hillary Hartley

    This place is awesome. If you're local, definitely buy a membership. It will take several visits to see everything.
  • Christine Seib

    If planning to head Into the Mist, have your kid wear something that dries quickly. They can get pretty soaked.
  • Hilary Campbell

    You can do experiments at The Lab on the 2nd floor. Experiments change daily during the summer, and if you come 5 times, you get to pick out a prize!
  • Trish C.

    Winter wonderland train exhibit around Christmas is awesome!
  • Andy Warner

    Take your children to the outside play area to run off their energy.
  • Heather Key

    Amazing place. Lots to do and see. Perfect for the children and the child in all of us.
  • César

    Mariposas juguetonas!
  • Jeremy Wrenn

    Buy your train tickets as soon as you arrive, or be greatly disappointed. They sell tickets by time, not first come fist serve. We tried to buy tickets, but the next available was 2-1/2 hours later!
  • bernard fuemmeler

    Farmyard closed....we will have to max another time
  • Yolanda Nichole

    Bring your own snacks. Make sure to try the sailboat exhibit outside. You may have to wait for a boat but the kids love it.
  • Karen

    Amazing butterfly house :-)
  • Suzanne Jeffreys

  • Linda Craft & Team REALTORS

    Great place! Very interesting!
  • Tevi Bennett

    Free Wi-Fi
  • Hustler of Culture

    If you have kids, become a member. It pays for itself really quickly and you can get in early.
  • Connor Youngquist

    As others have said, the butterfly exhibit is amazing. If you go, bring a camera! (All cameras, including professional ones, are allowed)
  • John Migliorisi

    Great place for kids birthday parties. The staff is wonderful and makes it a lot of fun!
  • James Bailey

    Great place for a wedding!!!! Ask or Kelly!