The Farmyard | Museum of Life and Science
Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Farmyard

Outdoor Exhibit
Opens at 10:00 am
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A favorite for all generations, The Farmyard is home to a family of alpacas, donkey, and more. Watch an interview with one of our veterinarians, use an interactive scale to see how you measure up with our animals, or just say hello to our variety of traditional farmyard animals.

A photo of a Miniature Hereford bull that lives here at the Museum. You can tell the bull is small based on the stump and fence he stands beside.

Meet Some of Our Farmyard Friends

Dusty and Dallas

Even though our Miniature Herefords are only 42 inches tall, they are not considered a dwarf breed; on average they are half the size of a standard Hereford cattle and are known for being extremely calm and highly trainable. Three-year-olds Dusty and Dallas are on permanent loan to the Museum from Spring Trail Ranch in Hillsborough, NC.

Alpaca Family

Look closely and you'll notice that alpacas don't have top front teeth. They have teeth on their bottom jaw and a hard upper pallet - good for cutting and chewing hay. Our four female alpacas are on permanent loan to the Museum from a farm in Durham, NC and are all related.


Born on November 6, 1998, Lightning is a "gelding", the name for a neutered male in the horse family. Lightning's exhibit yard often contains items he can pick up and explore as part of his enrichment program. Look closely and you might even find lightning playing with a large rubber ball!

An Animal Keeper sits next to a mother and child. The Animal Keeper is holding the lead of a goat who has a red halter on his head.

Farmyard Up-Close Program

Enjoy an up-close look at farmyard life with our Farmyard Up-Close program (4:30pm daily, except Thursdays). Chat with Animal Keepers about what it's like to care for our animals and watch at they prepare The Farmyard for the night. You might event get a chance to help the Keepers give some of the animals their evening meal. View full daily program schedule.

A pig sniffs a piece of fruit on the ground

Animal Enrichment

Behavioral enrichment enhances the quality of animal care by providing environmental stimuli that encourage animals to express natural behaviors. For our farmyard animals this might mean hiding food in piles of mulch for our pigs to root through or introducing new smells to the alpaca yard. Keep an eye out during your visit and see if you spot anything unexpected in The Farmyard - it may just be part of our daily animal enrichment!

A group of children and adults stand on a scale to see how much their group weighs in comparison to the Museums livestock.

How Do You Measure Up?

How many people does it take to equal the weight of an alpaca? How about our donkey? Interact with and use the same scale our Animal Keepers use to weigh our farmyard animals and see how many friends it takes to equal your favorite animal.

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