A young boy in he Butterfly House

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Reserving your tickets

We’ve changed a few things about how you visit the Museum to better protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals.To help limit crowding, we’re limiting the number of guests on campus and requiring a timed-entry system. All visitors will need to reserve tickets before their visit.

Both Members and general admission guests must reserve or purchase tickets for the Museum online before your visit. Each guest in your party (regardless of age) will need a ticket. If you’re a Member, your admission is free, but you will need to reserve tickets for admission on a selected day and time. General admission guests can purchase tickets online as well for a specific entry time.

With your confirmed ticket, you can either present a printout of your reservation or show the reservation electronically on your mobile device, and we’ll check you in and get you on your way!

Durham Community Days

We are excited to be testing the return of our popular Durham Community Days. On Durham Community days, Durham County residents get in free with current proof of residence. At this time we still require the reservation of tickets – to take advantage please click on the Durham Community Day link and reserve your no-cost ticket. To redeem your free ticket, you must bring your proof of residency with you to check-in. If you do not have your current proof of residency you will need to pay for your tickets at check-in. All adults must have Durham residency to get in free and each adult can bring up to five children (reservations required for all individuals three and older).

Our most recent Durham Community Day was May 13. The next Durham Community Day will be announced soon — check back here shortly for updated announcements