Who we are
The Imagination Station Science & History Museum provides informal science and history education. We create opportunities for people of all ages to learn how the world around us works. Understanding our past helps us understand our present, and discovering scientific methods helps us understand how science affects our daily lives.
We give people of all ages a chance to explore and wonder about the world through interactive exhibits. We produce engaging programs for students that introduce and reinforce classroom topics both at the museum and in your classroom through our outreach program, SHOW (Science and History On Wheels). We also reach out to the community by hosting free events throughout the year that encourage families and individuals to experience something new. Experience is how we learn.
The Imagination Station Science & History Museum exists to serve as a major educational resource for eastern North Carolina families, school systems, educators, and students. Our mission is enriching the future by fostering connections between science, history, and community through exciting educational experiences.
How we got started
The Imagination Station was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1988 for the purpose of building a science center. A three year community-wide effort raised funds and found a large, vacant historic building for the project. February 15, 1992 the former U.S. Post Office and Federal Court House opened its doors as an interactive science museum for children.
The Imagination Station has gone through ups and downs including a devastating fire and near bankruptcy. With each hardship and support from the community, the museum evolved and is still encouraging wonder. With rebranding and adding a history exhibition space in 2009, the museum attracts a wider audience and includes content for people of all ages.