Who We Are

Moments of Wonder for a Lifetime of Learning

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

Located just blocks from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur TrailEllerbe Creek Railway, and Into the Mist.

Thank you for your support!

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.



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