Museums in North Carolina with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in North Carolina, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Tar Heel State offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in North Carolina…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • SciWorks

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    Winston Salem

    With a state-of-the-art Planetarium, 17 acre Environmental Park and 35,000 square feet of exhibits, learning about science is fun at SciWorks. Newest feature: Sportsology Exhibit.

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    Durham

    A world-class science center, interactive inside and out, you’ll find hundreds of state-of-the art, hands-on exhibits. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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    Raleigh

    Lots of hands-on exhibits, highlights include the world's most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur; Willo, the only dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    Greensboro

    A hands-on, interactive, and educational play place for children ages 0-10 years and their families. Visitors learn while they play, touch, explore and discover in a variety of "Our Town" exhibits. ...

  • Imagination Station Science Museum

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    Wilson

    Kids can enjoy fun through science and technology through dynamic hands-on science learning, plus some live exhibits at this North Carolina science museum!

  • Wheels Through Time Museum

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    Maggie Valley

    A consummate collection of over 250 rare antique American Motorcycles and Automobiles.

  • Frisco Native American Museum

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    Frisco

    Housed in a building with a 100 years of history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and ...

  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

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    Southern Pines

    The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms is Weymouth ...

  • Discovery Place KIDS

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    Huntersville

    Fun exhibits themed around a small town which let kids play, learn and build confidence all in the one fun Discovery Place KIDS in North Carolina!

  • Catawba Science Center

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    Hickory

    Science made fun at this kids museum in Hickory, with interactive exhibits, amazing aquariums and even a planetarium!

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    Greensboro

    Combines an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park including petting zoo; 3D Omnisphere Theatre performances and an aquarium in development.

  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens

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    Winston-Salem

    Learn about the historic town of Salem through, and experience history right before your eyes in this historical museum attraction!

  • Marbles Kids Museum

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    Raleigh

    Imaginative and creative learning through play at this Raleigh children's museum, complete with interactive exhibits and an IMAX movies!

  • Fascinate U Childrens Museum

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    Fayetteville

    offers a large number of fun and educational hands on exhibits and displays, plus Mini City where kids can enjoy equipped roleplay settings including deli, grocery, emergency dispatch and law court.

  • Childrens Museum of Wilmington

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    Wilmington

    Features include teddy bear hospital, under the sea area, arts zone, grocery store roleplay, imagination circus and a lot more. Aimed at 10s and under.

  • Imaginarium Childrens Museum

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    Plattsburgh

    is a vast facility aimed at educating families through fun and interactive discovery, features include Glow Room, Science Lab, Dentist, climbing wall, crawler and toddler soft play zone, climbing ...

  • Hands On Museum

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    Hendersonville

    Features include mountain landscape indoor play, equipped roleplay settings, theatre, music room, arts and crafts, art studio and baby doll area.

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Childrens Museum of Winston Salem

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    Winston Salem

    Galleries include multi level climbing zones, soft and hard construction area, kids' library, plus the Enchanted Forest which itself comprises over a dozen separate play stations associated with ...

  • The N.C Transportation Museum

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    Spencer

    57 family friendly acres of transportation history at the North Carolina Transportation Museum - fun and educational!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    Graham

    A fun and interactive way for kids to exercise their curiosity and develop their incredible imaginations through exploration - and where kids and adults can create together.

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort

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    Beaufort

    Kids can get lost in the world of maritime heritage and shipwrecks, even learn how to fish or enjoy boatbuilding classes! Ahoy maties!

  • North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport

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    Southport

    Introduce kids to the story of the region of Southport and Cape Fear - the people and their relationship to the water. A fascinating insight into the maritime history of North Carolina, and the tales ...

  • Charlotte Nature Museum

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    Charlotte

    A fun nature museum with a focus on those little ones 3 to 7 years, with live animals, nature trails, and hands-on exhibits in North Carolina!

  • Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham

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    Rockingham

    Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!

  • Sampson County History Museum

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    Clinton

    A historic museum in North Carolina where you can search through your own life, and your place in history!

  • Greenville Museum Of Art

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    Greenville

    Fascinating art collections and exhibits in this Greenville Art Museum, for those creative, art loving families

  • Go Science

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    Greenville

    A great museum for kids where they can learn about the STEM subjects through interactive exhibits and programs, to encourage, inspire and motivate!

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  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

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    Asheville

    Discover what Asheville’s has to offer on a Gray Line RED Trolley Tour! Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes, and hot-spots of the ...

  • Cape Fear Riverboats

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    Wilmington

    Come aboard the The Henrietta III, one of North Carolina's largest riverboats, offering public lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises from April through December and private event charters throughout ...

  • Triad ECO Adventures

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    Winston-Salem

    Take a tour of Winston-Salem in style with Triad ECO Adventures, with Segway Tours and paddle-board lessons!

  • Black Mountain Chocolate Factory

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    Winston-Salem

    Explore the workings of a real chocolate factory in downtown Winston-Salem, with self-guided tours or special behind the scenes tours!

  • Carolina Raptor Center

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    Huntersville

    Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe raptors in their aviaries, watch a presentation of live raptors and chat with our Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey.

  • North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island

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    Manteo

    An underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    Asheboro

    Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!