116 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
The Children's Museum of Wilmington

The Children's Museum of Wilmington

118 S 2nd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Community Arts Center

The lot is located adjacent to the Hannah Block Community Arts Center on Second Street across from the Children's Museum.

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Nearest Parking Deck

The first hour is free and it's $1.00 for every hour after.

111 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Ann Street

There is three-hour-free on-street parking at Ann Street between 2nd and 1st Streets one block south of the museum off Second Street. 

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Admission & Hours

Hours

Memorial Day through Labor Day:

Monday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM

Labor Day through Memorial Day:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Sunday: 1 PM - 5 PM


Admissions

Adults/Children: $9.75

Military: $8.75

Seniors: $8.75

Children under 12 months: Free

ACM/Anytime Members: Free

Weekday Members: Free (Mon. - Fri.) & 1/2 Off Weekends

FAQ's

  • Q: How is the Museum funded?

    The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit. We do not receive funding through the state and our main source of income is through grants, donations, and admissions.

  • Q: I recently purchased a Groupon, are there any restrictions on when I can use it?

    Groupons can only be used on non-event days or after the special event has ended. We typically have a special event once a month, either on Friday from 5-7 pm or Saturday from 9am - 12 pm. Be sure to check our calendar on our website to make sure you are not coming in on a special event day.

  • Q: Does my membership at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington give me admission or discounts at other museums?

    Our ACM Reciprocal Membership includes half price admission in more than 150 children's museums in the United States! This is made possible through our affiliation with the Association of Children's Museums. Museum members will now receive HALF OFF admission to our Ocean Isle partners, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

  • Q: Does the Museum have a parking lot?

    No, the Museum itself does not have its own parking lot. There is meter parking in front of the Museum along Orange Street. These meters accept credit cards as well as quarters, dimes, and nickels. On Second Street there is free 1 hour parking with no meters.

    The Hannah Block USO parking lot across the street from the Museum offers the following parking rates

    • Hourly: $1.25
    • Daily: $7.00
    • Monthly: $50.00

    The closest parking deck to the Museum is located on Market Street between 2nd and Front. The first hour is free. The free blue trolley can pick you up and drop you off in front of the Museum. 

    There is also free parking on several streets in the downtown area. Visit the City of Wilmington's website for more information about downtown Wilmington parking.

  • Q: If I leave can I come back?

    Yes! Admission to the Museum is good for the full day. Please feel free to leave and explore downtown or grab lunch then come back and play!

  • Q: Do you have a restaurant or snack bar?

    We do not have a restaurant or a snack bar, but check out our Healthy Fresh Vending machine across from the front desk. It is filled with fresh snacks. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat outside in our courtyard or in our multipurpose room.

  • Q: Do you have changing tables?

    We have changing tables in all of our bathrooms except the 2 located in our Magnetic Minds Science Center.

  • Q: Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

    Yes! The Museum is both wheelchair and stroller accessible.

  • Q: Are daily programs included with admission?

    Yes! All our programs are free with admission to the Museum, so please feel free to join us!

  • Q: What are the best times to avoid crowds?

    We understand that the Museum can be a little overwhelming at times, especially when there is a field trip. You can call the front desk at 910-254-3534 ext. 106 to see if there is a field trip scheduled.

  • Q: What is offered for infants and toddlers?

    We have a special exhibit just for infants and toddlers 0-4 years old called the Forest Friends Toddler Tree house. This is a safe space separated from the rest of the exhibits designed especially for your baby and toddler.

    We also have programs specifically designed for infants and toddlers. 

    Toddler Time: Every Friday at 10:00 am 

    Preschool Story Time: Every Tuesday at  10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Between January and May, there is only preschool Story Time at 3 p.m.

  • Q: What are the benefits of Museum memberships?

    We offer many different memberships each with its own list of benefits. For a full list of memberships and benefits click here

  • Q: Can I host my child’s birthday party here?

    Yes, for more information see our Birthday Party Page

  • Q: What is there to do at the Museum?

    The Museum is home to 12 interactive exhibits for children of all ages to explore and play in. We also offer two daily programs Tuesday through Friday. Kids will have a chance to listen to some amazing stories, test some crazy science experiments, whip up something delicious in a cooking class, or create their very own masterpiece!

  • Q: Can I eat in the Museum?

    We do not permit eating within the exhibits but you are more than welcome to eat outside in our courtyard or in our multipurpose room next to the art room!

  • Q: Sometimes I come to the Museum on Monday’s and it is closed. Why?

    The summertime is the only time of year that the Museum remains open on Monday’s. During the school year, we are closed on Mondays as it is our only available time to renovate.

  • Q: What age range is the Museum geared towards?

    The Museum's experiences are catered towards infants through 9-10 year olds.