Visitor Info

NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

Work is in progress to repurpose the Whiteville facility into an indoor-outdoor learning center for exploring the natural world.  The museum will close briefly, beginning November 3, while renovations are underway. The renovated NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will reopen in early 2015 with new exhibits, interactive programs and expanded activities. For more information about plans for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, check this webpage, contact Kellie Lewis,, or call 910.914.4185.

Modeled after the successful programs at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh’s Nature Research Center, Nature Exploration Center and Prairie Ridge Ecostation, plans are underway to create:

  • An Investigate Lab where visitors participate in hands-on activities using state-of-the-art scientific tools. 
  • A Nature Play Space that blends natural and man-made play components in a safe environment, developed particularly with young children in mind, to encourage children to use imagination and creative play to explore, interact with and learn about the natural world.
  • A Naturalist Center providing visitors of all ages hands-on access to a collection of natural specimens and the tools to facilitate observation and investigation of the natural world around them.
  • Distance Learning opportunities linking research scientists and educators to the community, and enhanced programs for school groups, preschoolers and the general public.

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Museum Information

415 South Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472

Upcoming Events

Teen Science Cafés

Teen Science Cafés bring teens together in an informal setting to learn about science and technology. Each Café features a scientist speaking on topics chosen by teens, an activity relating to the discussion, snacks and time to meet other teens that enjoy science. This nationwide program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, and in North Carolina takes place at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, the Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, and Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. Examples of topics that have been covered at previous Cafés range from facial recognition technology to the micropropagation of Venus’ fly trap. The program is FREE! Space is limited, so please call the Museum at 910.914.4185 to reserve a spot. Parents must bring their teen(s) to the classroom to sign in. Teens must be picked up before the Museum closes at 7pm.

Schedule: Fridays, December 19, January 16 or 23, February 20, March 27, April 17 or 24, May 15 or 22.

Outreach Programs

The Museum at Whiteville also offers a variety of outreach programs for classrooms, children’s programs and other youth groups. For information contact Kellie Lewis,