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What You'll Get
Science isn't just the best way to build a time machine, it's also the most effective means of convincing the past you are a wizard. Direct time's arrow with today's Groupon to the Imagination Station Science Museum, located in the former Courthouse in Wilson. Choose between the following options:
- $10 for admission for four (a $20 value)
- $40 for an annual Family Plus Membership (a $100 value)
Children erupt into educational squeals at the sight of live reptile displays, a human mouth exhibit, and a sinewy 12-foot albino burmese python, leaving the Imagination Station Science Museum with a satisfying case of the intellectual heebie-jeebies. Other permanent exhibits include an electrical jacob's ladder, an examination of the physics of xylophonery, light-bending optical illusions, and internal-organ models. The third floor is home to the North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain, an exploration of the plains' ecological, cultural, and pre-historical past. With the five-and-under Curiosity Corner and KEVA plank-stocked creative building area, the museum is suited for all ages and degrees of masonry. Children age three and under are admitted to the museum for free.
With the one-year Family Plus membership, two adults and any children under 18 who happen to be laying around the house get free admission for a year (including reciprocal membership to 300 science museums), a subscription to the newsletter Lab Notes, discounts on museum programs, and four one-time guest passes for friends or budding clones. Every Saturday at 11:45 a.m., Imagination Station hosts demonstrative programs—complimentary to members—such as Pop Fizz Boom, which fulminates in a deceptively safe chemical fireball, or Animal Encounters, when reptiles are released for free-slither action. Members also enjoy discounted birthday parties, summer programs, and hip, brain-boosting nerd glasses.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 18, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. For family membership option, must activate by 9/18/11. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Imagination Station Science and History Museum
Rather than relying on lectures and stuffy articles, Imagination Station Science and History Museum engages visitors of all ages in the sciences with a range of dynamic exhibits and interactive programs. The museum—housed in Wilson's former federal post office and courthouse—thrills guests with rotating displays as well as 22 permanent exhibits. These hands-on galleries house animal collections, which include live specimens such as turtles and albino lizards. A range of educational programs such as field trips, themed science day camps, and science demonstrations complement these exhibits. The interactive center is also a resource for local information—a small, regional history exhibit on the third floor detail local history and culture.