About Childrens Museum Of Wilmington

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

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


  • Kellie Furr
  • Marketing and Development Coordinator
  • Joan Clarke
  • Chief Development Director
  • Mary Ellen Laughnan
  • Director of Art and Early Childhood Education
  • Tiffanie Fipps
  • Assistant Director
  • Kathleen King
  • Operations and Front Desk Manager
  • Melissa Whaling
  • Group Events Coordinator
  • Richard Lawson
  • Richard Lawson
  • Executive Director


  • $9.75 per person, tax included
  • Children under 12 months: FREE
  • Military: $8.75, tax included
  • Seniors: $8.75, tax included
  • 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