As it gears up for a very busy summer season, the Museum of Life and Science in Durham will announce this week that it is expanding its operating hours to the general public.
Starting June 4, the museum will tack on two extra hours to its Sunday operating schedule. That means the museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, including Sundays.
So here are the current hours through June 3: The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sundays, to the general public. (It opens at 9 a.m., Monday through Saturday, to museum members).
And here are the hours starting June 4 through Labor Day: The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, to the general public. It will open at 9 a.m., daily, to museum members.
After Labor Day, the museum will revert to its regular season hours, but keep those extra Sunday morning hours for play. So, after Labor Day, regular season hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and closed most Mondays.
Museum officials tell me that museum visitors have been asking for the extra Sunday morning hours. Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh added Sunday morning hours back in 2012 after similar requests from museum goers.
The additional hours come as the museum tends to red wolf pups, which were born at the museum in late April and are on display. The extra morning hours also are perfect for families looking to avoid sweltering summer afternoons during summer visits to the museum.
Admission to the Durham museum is $16 for adults and $11 for kids ages 3 to 12.