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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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.
Nash St. and Douglas St.
Wilson, North Carolina 27894Get Directions