Our commitment to Durham

Our commitment to Durham

Since 1946, the Museum of Life and Science has inspired generations of Durham visitors with the wonders of nature, science, and animal life. We’ve brought science and nature education to thousands of school groups from around Durham and opened our doors to free field trips and visits for Durham residents. We’ve always been a proud part of Durham and value our eight decades of partnership with our city and its families.

Durham Community Days

On Durham Community days, Durham County residents get in free with current proof of residence. We offer these special visitation days 21 times every year.

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Field Trips for Durham Public Schools

We give students and teachers from Durham Public Schools free admission on field trips to the Museum throughout the year

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Durham Public School Partnerships

Our partnership with Durham reaches beyond our campus: we partner with Durham Public Schools to create a range of afterschool, online, and offsite educational programs for their students

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Free Under Three

We believe that it’s never to early to introduce children to nature play and science discovery, so kids under three can visit the Museum for free!

Sensory-Friendly Programs

We provide sensory-friendly events throughout the year to make sure the Museum can be a welcoming place for everyone. Through a special partnership with UNC TEACCH Autism Program, the Museum also offers resources designed for guests on the autism spectrum, their families, and caregivers.

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Real Science: Field Trip Fridays

During the closure of schools due to COVID-19, we had to reimagine our traditional forms of science engagement with Durham students and teachers. The result: “Real Science: Field Trip Fridays,” 37 fun and entertaining virtual field trips around the region to learn about research and science happening at government, corporate, university, and nonprofit research centers.

Real Science: Field Trip Fridays
Two educators stand in front of Durham Bulls stadium

Ignite Learning

Our Ignite Learning program, now in its 14th year, addresses the opportunity gap by providing full membership benefits to thousands of families from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM.  Last year, the Museum provided these memberships to more than 1,000 Durham households.

A mother and kid at Earth Moves

Climate Research

To study the impact of climate change in Durham and the region, Museum researchers are working with colleagues with the City of Raleigh, Durham County, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Museum of Life and Science, Activate Good, NC State Climate Office, NOAA, the National Weather Service to map urban heat islands and real-world impacts on our community.

Two boys study a display that powers a projection on a large spherical screen.

Sparks Afterschool Program

Our Sparks Afterschool Program, powered by BioCryst, gathers local students in grades six through eight from Durham’s Brogden Middle School for mentorship and STEM educational enrichment at the Museum. A team of BioCryst employees volunteer alongside Museum staff as trained mentors, engaging students in STEM-based activities focused on hands-on, problem-based learning, collaboration, and critical thinking. The program provides participants with consistent mentorship and ongoing adult engagement during their middle-school years.

Two students and a volunteer