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Durham museum's tree house exhibit to open Tuesday

Posted September 27, 2015

The exhibit features a collection of tree houses. Courtesy: Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will officially open its new Hideaway Woods exhibit to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Hideaway Woods' centerpiece will be eight tree houses that rise between five- to 20-feet off of the ground and are supported by loblolly pines and sweetgum trees. The hand-crafted tree houses are connected with net bridges, slides and a spiral staircase. For younger visitors, there's the Young Explorers space with smaller slides, bridges and structures.

But that's not all: You'll see a remarkable 2,500-square-foot art installation by artist Patrick Dougherty that's made out of twigs that visitors can explore. There's also a man-made stream that's designed for splashing and play.

The exhibit sits in a formerly undeveloped area of the museum's 84-acre campus that is surrounded by the train tracks.

I'll have much more about what looks like a spectacular exhibit early this week, but I wanted to share a few images now in the image gallery.

Hideaway Woods will be free with admission to the museum, which is $14.50; $10 for kids ages 3 to 12; and free for kids under three.

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