116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
phone: 910-254-3534
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 noon - 6:00 pm

$8 per person.
Discounts to seniors and military personnel.
$6 per child in groups of 15 or more.
Museum Type(s)
Jennifer Kelly, Director of Marketing


The Children's Museum of Wilmington stimulates children's imagination, curiosity, and love of learning. Our aim is to have our visitors learn amazing things about themselves, and the world where we live, through informal, playful hands-on and child-directed experiences. In our warm and inviting environment, children and adults find ample opportunities to explore the arts, sciences, and culture through engaging exhibits and programs. We offer Summer Camps, Toddler times and Fetch Friday, in addition to many impromptue events through the week. Birthday parties are welcomed. Call ahead for parties and Field Trips.' Museum.History='The Children’s Museum of Wilmington began in 1991 when a task force of local parents began pursuing the idea of a “hands on” learning through play center. The Junior League of Wilmington assisted in the further development of the idea. After several years of research and study by parents, community leaders and educators, the Wilmington Children’s Museum opened its doors on October 10, 1997 on Market Street.

Over the years, through tireless community and member support, the Museum has earned a full-time staff to accommodate its growing number of visitors. In 2003, the Museum welcomed its 100,000th visitor. What a great accomplishment for a 3,000 square foot facility! To meet the steadily growing number of visitors, in 2004 the Museum kicked off a capital campaign and purchased a new site for the Wilmington Children’s Museum, at the corner of 2nd and Orange Streets in downtown Wilmington, the former St. John’s Museum of Art facility. In February 2005 a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on an atrium to join three existing structures.

The new Children’s Museum of Wilmington opened its doors to the public on April 23, 2006. With seven, all new dynamic exhibits, an outdoor courtyard, a secret garden and a gift store, the museum now spans over 14,000 square feet.

Educational Programs

Science and Art Programming by on staff educators, planned to be developmentally appropriate.


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