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    Museum of Life and ScienceMuseum of Life & Science Durham, North Carolina
    The Museum of Life and Science had been known as the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, but originally was called the NC Children's Museum that has become a science museum in Durham, North Carolina that showcases a number of mainly hands-on exhibits that was created to illustrate the concepts of natural science. The museum occupies 80 acres that is bisected by Murray Avenue, with the main structure on the north tract, that also houses the farmyard, Grayson's Cafe, butterfly house, wild nature park, dinosaur trail and train. It features an indoor and outdoor learning environment, with the southern tract dedicated to administrative offices and parking, although before the building of the new facility in the early 1990s, the buildings would house the majority of the collections. The museum has been historically noted for its outstanding aerospace exhibit that concentrates on the early NASA space program, with the majority of the relics being loaned on long term from the National Air and Space Museum. Numerous relics are significant Project Apollo related relics like the moon rock, an Apollo command module test vehicle, Neil Armstrong's dosimeter, a full sized mock-up of a Lunar module and a part of a lunar rover. One of the main attractions here is the three story glass Magic Wings Butterfly House that opened in 1999, with butterfly zoo and tropical conservatory that showcases a community of numerous hundred tropical butterflies that represent dozens of species and tropical plants. The Bayer CropScience Insectarium is also found in the butterfly house that showcases insects from around the globe. Explore the Wild exhibit houses black bears, lemurs and red wolves, with a 900 foot boardwalk over a preserved six acre natural space with many multi-media displays. Catch the Wind opened in 2007 and contains seven displays that show how the wind does influence our environment. The Dinosaur Trail features a number of life-size plaster amphibians, reptiles and dinosaurs that have been set up along the path.

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    Nasher Museum of Art at Duke UniversityNasher Museum of Art at Duke University Durham, North Carolina
    The Nasher Museum of Art can be found on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, designed by Rafael Vinoly, opened in 2005, and cost $24 million, welcoming 100,000 visitors its first year. The museum houses over 13,000 works of art that have been created by such notables as; Christian Boltanski, William Cordova, Petah Coyne, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Noah Davis, Fred Wilson, Rineke Dijkstra, Kehinde Wiley, Marlene Dumas, Carrie Mae Weems, Sam Durant, Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, Kara Walker, Dario Escobar, Bob Thompson, Francois Gerard, Mickalene Thomas, David Hammons, Hank Willis Thomas, Barkley L. Hendricks, Alma Thomas, Sean Landers, Eve Sussman, Hong Lei, Jeff Sonhouse, David Levinthal, Lorna Simpson, Sol LeWitt, Gary Simmons, Glenn Ligon, John Singer Sargent, Christian Marclay, Ed Ruscha, Dan Perjovschi, Dario Robleto, Paul Pfeiffer and Robin Rhode. The museum would turn down a request from art collector William Hayes Ackland to construct an art museum on the campus, so it went to the nearby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for its new Ackland Art Museum.

April 25, 2011