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Explore nature indoors and out in Durham

Posted May 15, 2009 5:53 p.m. EDT
Updated May 26, 2009 1:03 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.