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The Children's Museum of Wilmington
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Today 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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116 Orange St Wilmington, NC 28401
116 Orange StreetUSNorth CarolinaWilmington28401
Tourist Attraction, Youth Center
Tourist Attraction
Youth Center
Literacy Program
Family Service Center
After School Program
Learning Center
Function Room Facility
Today 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
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.
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Museum for kids ages 1 to 10 with hands-on exhibits, outdoor playground, greenhouse & party rooms.- Google
"The Children's Museum is a valuable community resource in Wilmington."
"You get all the daily programs free and most of the special events."
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Erin Beeman
3 weeks ago
Pros: it's a fun place to let your kids explore. Cons: it does seem tired and run down. Areas feel dirty and it does not seem things are washed. It also seems over priced. Marbles in Raleigh is cheaper, huge, clean and more fun. At the end of the day, the kids will have a great time. Just be sure to wash hands!
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Josh Robertson
11 months ago
Every item is worn, old, or someone's old junk. The spaceship on the lower level looks like a club at UNCW whipped it together in a rush to head to the beach (the black paint on the ceiling that was never completed illustrates my point). There is a small playhouse here which is obviously a transplant from someone's backyard (note the hinge and latch remnants). There is a tent setup, but it's no different from the displays in Walmart and Target. The best thing this 'museum" has to offer is the air-conditioned escape from the outdoors, & a wooden boat with a cannon, where the signage indicates that it doesn't work. What actually does work in this place? Please, save yourself some money and avoid this place, until they remodel it... it's just not worth it. Everything appears to have been built by college students who were more focused on getting to the sand and working on their tan than producing anything close to impressive. Visit the Children's museum in Raleigh instead. Much more impressive (Marbles) or Discovery Place in Charlotte. SciWorks in Winston-Salem or the Nature Science Center in Greensboro are excellent choices as well. Avoid this place and tell your friends too as well. If you do take a trip here, don't say you weren't warned.
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Risa Wood
a year ago
Absolutely loved it! I have taken my grandson there twice-the 1st time he was crawling, the second time-walking-Yeah! THIS is the place where your child or grandchild can keep growing into, having fun and learning at the same time! I have been to similar museums in different cities with my own children, including Washington, DC where my children grew up(in the suburbs), and the larger ones with my grandchildren in Raleigh and Durham. The larger museums do have more- but Wilmington's museum is growing. I read one reviewer's complaint about cleanliness. The larger may be cleaner, however, keep in mind that this is a museum next to the ocean with sand. The children can go inside and out and children get dirt/sand on them as do their parents. You may want to keep this in mind when you visit. The earlier you go, the cleaner it will be.
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Mary Barr
2 years ago
I've taken my visiting grandson and his parents to the museum 3 years in a row. The first year we went with great expectations and the exhibits and games were pretty good. The second year things looked dingy and somewhat neglected. This year, the broken toys are still broken and and the atmosphere has deteriorated even more. It isn't maintained up to any reasonable standard. It could be a great place to spend a day with kids with just some TLC.
Sarah Leary
2 months ago
Going downhill more and more each year. Broken toys, once favorite areas losing key features (PIRATE CANNON), too hot in many areas. Broken elevator. Dirt and cobwebs everywhere. Crazy that it's almost $10 per ticket for everyone over 12 mnths. This was our 4th visit... there won't be a 5th.
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Shawn Hartsock
4 months ago
A good place to let your toddler explore and wear themselves out before mom and dad checkout the waterfront.
Kimberly Furey
2 years ago
My 10-month old and 27-month old both loved this place, especially the older child, but mommy was no so wild about it. It is not a museum, but rather a play-center for children of various ages. I stayed in the area designed for toddlers, and my big complaint was CLEANLINESS. This place was covered in a layer of dirt and filth. The floors, playmats, toys, books...everything looked like it needed a good washing. It was like you could feel the filth when you touched a surface, and as for the giant bean bag in one corner of the room...blech. The set up would be great, if it was well maintained, but I would not go back after what I saw there. P.S. The day after I went, my 10-month old had a slight cold. I'm not sure if it was from the museum or not, but lets just say I wouldn't be surprised.
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Michelle Savard
2 years ago
The Children's Museum is a valuable community resource in Wilmington. I always have so much fun here with my niece. A year-long membership is the way to go. You get all the daily programs free and most of the special events. I love this place!


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