The Museum of Life and Science is a children’s museum located in Durham, North Carolina. The 84-acre facility is comprised of both indoor and outdoor exhibits, boasting one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast. Its mission is to create a community where science can be taught to children as ‘a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.’ It focuses on hands-on and interactive exhibits to educate kids about concepts in natural and physical sciences.
The museum began in 1946 as North Carolina’s first trailside nature center. It was then known as “The Children’s Museum” and its first few collections included minerals, fossils and aerospace artifacts. Today, it has expanded beyond its original capacity to encompass a two-story science center and a vast outdoor activity space with some 60 species of animals living onsite.
Having entertained generations of locals and tourists, the museum remains one of the state’s top attractions. It has consistently been ranked as one of the most family friendly museums in the Southeast, and frequently conducts science-based summer camps and workshops. More a href="https://vacationidea.com/destinations/best-things-to-do-in-north-carolina.html" target="_blank">Things to do in North Carolina
2.More Indoor Exhibits
4.Gateway Park and Hideaway Woods
Best Things to Do in Durham, NC: Museum of Life and Science
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- More Indoor Exhibits, Photo: Courtesy of Museum of Life and Science
- Outdoor exhibits, Photo: Courtesy of Museum of Life and Science
- Gateway Park and Hideaway Woods, Photo: Courtesy of Museum of Life and Science
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