Children’s Museum of Wilmington


In 1991, a group of local parents began developing an idea for “hands-on” learning through play center. They brought the Junior League of Wilmington into it and further developed their ideas together. The Wilmington Children’s Museum opened its doors on October 10, 1997, after several years of research and study by parents, community leaders, and educators.

With the growing community in 2000, a copious amount of children ready to play and learn, it soon became apparent that the current site could not accommodate more guests. More programs were being introduced, and exhibits were being made. The love for this Museum was already growing so they needed more space.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington (CMoW), located at 116 Orange St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4421, purchased three buildings in 2004 from the former St. John’s Art museum to meet the growing number of visitors. The new site is now a part of Downtown Wilmington and preserves pieces that are dear for its history, including two Masonic lodges, an Orthodox Church, and one Cowan House as CMoW today.

This Museum is a welcoming and engaging place that promotes hands-on art, science, and literacy learning for children. It encourages children to explore and learn through hands-on art, science, and literacy learning.

The power of play is used at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington to engage children in joyful learning experiences. A safe, clean, and inviting environment where kids can explore their natural curiosity with interactive exhibits and weekly programs are provided.

At the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, they work to build a strong sense of community. They want their Museum to be seen as an integral part of other local institutions and organizations; this is why they collaborate with these groups in order to provide visitors with more engaging experiences for everyone involved.

Besides, they inspire children to explore the world around them. They support and develop fundamental skills in young learners. They help create interest for lifelong learning that will carry into adulthood.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is a fun place to explore for children! You can pretend that you are on a pirate ship in Ahoy Wilmington, learn about dental health with the Dimock, Weinberg & Cherry Toothasaurus Dental Exhibit, and much more.

The Museum has a variety of exhibits that can be enjoyed by children four and under. One favorite is the Forest Friends Toddler Treehouse, which hosts tea parties for kids to have fun while learning about social skills.

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