The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we’ve come with today’s Groupon to the Imagination Station Science Museum in Wilson. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get admission for four (up to a $20 value). Children 3 and younger are admitted free.
- For $40, you get a one-year Family Plus membership (a $100 value).<p>
Located in the former federal post office and courthouse, the Imagination Station Science Museum unfurls before visitors a host of exhibits that imbue kids and families with a love of local lore and nature. Features include the electricity-centric Human Dynamo and a collection of small creatures such as pythons, frogs, and spiders, which ignites an interest in zoology and biology even more effectively than a high-school teacher who sometimes uses a swear. Located on the third floor, the North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain offers exhibits and a permanent collection highlighting the history and culture of the area. Upcoming exhibitions include Girl Scouting in the Middle Coastal Plain, a celebration and retrospective examination of the organization’s centurylong history.
Family Plus memberships allow one-year unlimited admission for two adults and any minors from the same household, plus four one-time passes for four friends or physicists interested in continuing their education. A reciprocal membership to 300 science museums, a 10% discount on purchases of $5 or more at the Wilmagine Gift Shop, and a subscription to the museum’s newsletter, Lab Notes, sweeten the already sugar-slathered deal. Members also enjoy discounts on experiential amenities such as summer camps, birthday parties, and sleepovers in the iguana cage.
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.