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Explore nature indoors and out in Durham

Posted May 15, 2009
Updated May 26, 2009

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— A trip to Durham can yield information about the body, bears and butterflies without breaking the bank.

For about the price of a seeing a summer science fiction movie, families can spend the day at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave.

To avoid the school and camp groups, experts advise a visit to the museum in the afternoon.

A new interactive exhibit at the museum teaches children about health. The museum offers visitors a more hands-on experience.

“You’re able to be active, hands-on, rather than just sitting there just looking at something,” museum visitor Ricky Drumgold said.

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The museum also allows people to visit the four black bears that live in the Explore the Wild exhibit. Viewers can use remote-controlled zoom cameras to get an up-close look at the animals in a natural setting.

Visitors can also learn more about the more than 100 species of butterflies that inhabit the Magic Wings Butterfly House at the museum.

For a trip into nature, Durham’s West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 North Roxboro Road, offers outdoor fun.

“It’s beautiful out here,” said Ericka Feeler, of Durham, during a visit to the park.

A visit to the park is free.

Admission to the Durham Museum of Life and Science is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors age 65 and older and $9.50 for children ages 3 to 12. Children under 3 years old get in free. Discounts are available for members of the military. Museum members are admitted for free.

Admission is waived for Durham County residents on Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m., but a $2 per person contribution is requested.

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