Spread throughout 84 acres in North Durham, The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top visitor features, and for good reason. Perfect for young minds, the interactive park includes a science center with hands-on exhibits, one of the largest butterfly conservatories in the world, and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits. There’s room to roam, explore, discover and yes, even learn.
In Explore the Wild, visitors can watch rescued black bears, lemurs and endangered red wolves play from a 750-foot deck that winds through a two-acre wetland. The Museum's Dinosaur Trail takes visitors on a prehistoric journey as they hike a trail among life-sized dinosaur models and dig for fossils. Children can watch butterflies in the tropical Magic Wings Butterfly House, take a train ride through the museum grounds and get a bug’s eye view of exotic insects. The newest exhibit, Into the Mist, is an outdoor playscape with misting water making it a perfect respite on a hot summer’s day.
Insider Tip: Allow a full day to experience the entire museum. Admission is waived for Durham County residents on Wednesdays from 1 – 5 p.m. (ID required for admission. Does not apply for groups.)
The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.