About the Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a science center, a butterfly conservatory which is one of the largest in the world and beautifully-landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves.


The Museum's Dinosaur Trail takes visitors on a journey through the Late Cretaceous period. Other attractions include a Farmyard, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Contraptions a hands-on exhibit for older children and adults, a sailboat pond, The Lab in Investigate Health!, Play to Learn – an exhibit for children under six, more than 60 species of live animals and so much more.


The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Museum earns over 77% of our annual operating budget through membership, admission, fees and contributions. Thank you for your patronage and support!


We are also grateful for ongoing public support from Durham County and the State of North Carolina, Department of Commerce through the Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.


Through this public/private partnership, the Museum will continue to serve our region and our State with distinctive and dynamic learning experiences.