Front of Main Museum building

Who We Are

Moments of wonder for a lifetime of learning

The Museum of Life and Science strives to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.

Located less than five miles from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations. Our 84-acre campus includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast, and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits. Our interactive experiences include Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Hideaway Woods, Into the Mist, Earth Moves, and Aerospace, which features one of the largest collections of Apollo-era NASA artifacts in the state. The Museum is also an AZA-accredited zoo, home to rescued black bears, lemurs, endangered red wolves, and more than 60 species of live animals.

This year, the Museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary and its ongoing commitment to the communities of Durham, the Triangle, and North Carolina. Learn more about our history.

Learn more about our vision and mission and our approach to learning and education.

Thank you for your support

The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Museum earns over 83% 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. Through this public/private partnership, the Museum will continue to serve our region and our State with distinctive and dynamic learning experiences.

Museum Executive Team

Carrie Heinonen | President and CEO
Roy Griffiths | Vice President for Exhibits and Planning
Betsy Hall| Vice President for Guest Experiences
Lisa Ruth | Vice President for People and Culture
Mitchell Sava | Vice President for Innovation and Engagement
Kate Senner | Vice President for Advancement
Matt Pusateri | Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Board of Directors

Jordan Clark | Chair | Market President – Truist Bank
Charlie Moore | Vice Chair | Retired – Wealth Management Executive
Sheronda Jeffries | Immediate Past Chair | TL9000 Program Manager – Cisco
Sanyin Siang | Secretary | Executive Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership Ethics – Duke University
Jim Erlinger | Treasurer | Former EVP – Quintiles, Inc., and NC Chamber Board Member

Rashid Beyah, Director, Gardasil Drug Substance Operations – Merck
Bernice Bond, Director, Governance, Risk & Compliance – RTI International
Greg Boone, Chief Executive Officer – Blue Acorn iCi
Nimasheena Burns, Commissioner – Durham County
Nick DiColandrea, Program Director – Resilience Corps NC (AmeriCorps)
Jenny Gidley, Vice President, Clinical Operations – Parexel International
Dr. Nakia Hardy, Deputy Superintendent – Durham Public Schools
Beverly Harris, Senior Business Manager – Duke Alumni Engagement & Development
Jillian Johnson, Council Member at Large – City of Durham
Tasha Johnson, Assistant Director of Public Works – City of Durham
Geoff Keegan, Managing Partner – Creciente Partners Investment Management
Gina Loften, Chief Technology Officer of US Enterprise Services – Microsoft
Scott McGeary, Retired – Pediatrician & Innovator of Urgent Care
Jodi Miller, Deputy County Manager – Durham County
Joseph Pedersen, Partner – PBM Capital Investments
Dr. Melissa Rhodes, Chief Development Officer – Kriya Therapeutics
Gregg Stave, Consultant in Occupational Medicine & Corporate Health and Associate Consulting Professor – Duke University
Brian Tajlili, Vice President and Chief Actuary – Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC