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Where Children Play to Learn and Grownups Learn to Play!


Reserve your tickets now for the 4th annual 

Great Friend to Kids Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, February 18 at Noon

Union Station Cape Fear Community College


Announcing New 2015 Membership Benefits: 

Museum Members will now receive HALF OFF admission to our Ocean Isle partners, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.  We also offer half off admission to members of these locations at the Children's Museum of Wilmington.  The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  For more information on the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium, visit www.museumplanetarium.org or call (910) 579-1016.

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 weekly 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


  • 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


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


  • 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