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The Children's Museum of Wilmington stimulates children's imagination, curiosity and love of learning. Our Museum celebrates the joys of childhood by providing magical and playful experiences for children of all ages and their adult company.


Our goal is for all visitors to learn amazing things about themselves and the world in which we live through informal, playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences. In our warm and inviting environment, children find ample opportunity to explore and better understand art, science, culture and more through engaging exhibits and daily programs.

We are located in beautiful, historic downtown Wilmington, North Carolina at 116 Orange Street.


The Children's Museum of Wilmington depends upon donations to continue its mission of providing hands-on activities where children actively learn through creative play.
The Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and you can help!

Board Members

  • Rob Zapple
  • Gordon Coleman
  • Jean Keller
  • Rev. Wayne Johnson
  • Lindsay Prickett
  • Chris Jones
  • Nicole Ray, Board Attorney
  • Emily Reiniche, Past President
  • Jim Summerlin, President
  • Henry Hawthorne
  • Jim Hundley, Jr.
  • Harriett Loweth, Treasurer
  • Chris Riley
  • Rika Spencer, Secretary
  • Helen Wells, Vice President

Staff

  • Olivia Causby
  • Marketing and Development Coordinator
  • Paris Land
  • Science Educator
  • Mary Ellen Laughnan
  • Director of Art and Early Childhood Education
  • Tiffanie Fipps
  • Assistant Director
  • Anne Turlington
  • Interim Art & Early Childhood Education Educator
  • Kathleen King
  • Operations and Front Desk Manager
  • Richard Lawson
  • Richard Lawson
  • Executive Director

admission

  • $9 per person
  • Children under 12 months: FREE
  • Military: $8 each
  • Seniors: $8 each
  • Members: FREE

Hours

  • Labor Day to
    Memorial Day
  • (September - May)
  • Monday: Closed*
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
  • **Monday Exceptions: Dec 22, Dec 29, Jan 19, Mar 30
  • Memorial Day to
    Labor Day
  • (May - September)
  • Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 1pm - 5pm