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The Children’s Museum of Wilmington

Preparation Begins
Beginning in 1991, a task force of local parents started pursuing the concept of a “hands-on” learning through play center. The Junior League of Wilmington, NC ended up being included and assisted in the additional development of the idea.

Open to the Public
After numerous years of research and study by parents, neighborhood leaders and teachers, The Wilmington Children’s Museum opened its doors on October 10, 1997.

A New Home
With a growing community and a copious amount of kids prepared to play to find out, it soon emerged that the current website might not accommodate the increased number of guests. The Museum was expanding. More programs were
being introduced and new exhibits were being made. The love for the Museum was already growing therefore was its size. It ended up being time for more area!

Historic Downtown Wilmington

To fulfill the gradually growing variety of visitors, in 2004 the Museum purchased the three buildings that made up the former St. John’s Museum of Art as the new site for The Children’s Museum of Wilmington (CMoW). The St. John’s Masonic Lodge, Greek Orthodox Church, and The Cowan House are dear pieces of Downtown Wilmington’s history. They are maintained today as CMoW’s new home.

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