Our History

Our History

How we Came to Be

In 1988, the Imagination Station was established as a non-profit organization. We were designated to serve as a local science center, and as an interactive children’s museum.

Over the next three years, community-wide fundraising and grounds-scouting efforts resulted in acquiring and renovating Wilson’s former U.S. Post Office and Federal Court House— a 25,000 square foot, vacant, and historic building.

On February 15, 1992 the Imagination Station opened its doors!

Since then, we have weathered many storms— including a devastating fire and financial records nearing bankruptcy. With community support, the Imagination Station has withstood the test of time and is moving forward.

In 2009, we rebranded and added history to our name, making us the Imagination Station Science & History Museum (ISSHM). Through these efforts, ISSHM now appeals to a wider audience and is becoming a museum for people of all ages.