Children’s Museum & Science Center

The Children’s Museum & Science Center features a Live Animal Gallery, Cummins Planetarium, traveling exhibits, interactive permanent exhibits, and more. Learn more:

Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Monday: Closed

Admission

$6 per person

2 and under FREE

Free on Sundays for Rocky Mount Residents

Museum Birthday Parties

Museum Birthday Parties are available for kids of all ages. Entertaining and engaging party themes include the following:

  • No Program Party (All ages)
  • Planetarium Party (Ages 4 & up)
  • Fossil Finds (Ages 5 & up)
  • Animal Tracks (Ages 5 & up)
  • Ooey-Gooey (Ages 5 & up)

Museum Birthday Parties are scheduled by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call (252) 972-1266 for information including program fees, or to make a reservation.

History

Founded in 1952, the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum (RMCM) was one of our nation’s first children’s museums. Rocky Mount’s Jaycees and Junior Guild initiated the preliminary museum concept and plan. Each group raised and donated the initial funds to get the new museum on its way. Mae Woods Bell was hired as the museum’s founding Director and the museum was given space to operate in the basement of the old Braswell Library.

On Easter Sunday, 1954, the RMCM opened its doors to the public at its new permanent home in beautiful Sunset Park. Since that time the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum and Science Center (now a Division of the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department) continued to grow and develop. In 1967, approximately 3,000 additional square feet were added to the museum. This addition was designed primarily as new exhibit space with a small area being allocated for administrative areas.

Then, on a single day in September of 1999, the Museum was destroyed when the flood following Hurricane Floyd inundated 25% of Rocky Mount. Along with the Arts Center, the Museum was moved to a temporary site in downtown Rocky Mount.

The expanded Children’s Museum and Science Center is now located in the new Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Each of the Museum’s new exhibits and displays offers visitors creative opportunities for learning about the world we share by challenging their minds and encouraging critical thinking in an interactive learning environment. All of the museum’s new exhibits are both educational and fun. The educational programs and interactive exhibits are resources that encourage visits from school groups, families, tourists, social groups, and community organizations.

Museum topic areas have been carefully chosen based on the Children’s Museum and Science Center current mission statement and educational plan. These topics include physical sciences, natural and biological sciences, planetary and space sciences, and early childhood development. Each exhibit area is arranged with an open flow for visitation, and conveys the connective links of scientific principles from discipline to discipline. These links demonstrate the significance of science and technology in our lives today.

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