Visitor Info

NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

Whiteville Museum Information

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Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm

Dates closed 2015:

  • Good Friday: April 3
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 25
  • Independence Day: Friday, July 3
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7
  • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27
  • Christmas: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, December 23, 24 & 25

Admission is free. Donations appreciated. 

415 South Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472

Whiteville Programs and Events

About the new Museum

The dynamic indoor-outdoor nature and science learning center has been repurposed to feature new exhibits, an Investigate Lab, Nature Exploration Center, a Distance Learning Classroom, and an outdoor Nature PlaySpace.

The new museum experience in Whiteville is modeled after proven interactive programs at the Museum’s Raleigh-based Nature Research Center, Nature Education Center, and Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning, and has several new features.

  • Investigate Lab: Visitors of all ages can discover the scientific process by trying a range of experiments with tools and techniques including microscopes, pipettes and more. 
  • Naturalist Center: Featuring an extensive collection of specimens from butterflies to bear claws, snakes to seahorses, and sand dollars to spiders, visitors are encouraged to explore the natural collection. 
  • Nature PlaySpace: Designed to celebrate the importance of outdoor play in the lives and education of children, the space includes areas for art, digging, and exploration. Children can climb over logs and boulders, roll in the grass, make mud pies, observe nature and dig for fossils.
  • Discovery Forest: Developed for young children and families to discover natural wonders from bird wings to beaver sticks, the space is an ideal area for intergenerational learning. 
  • In Your Backyard Resource Center: An information area—featuring material about state parks, aquariums, and other sites within the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources—where visitors can plan to continue their exploration of North Carolina’s natural places.
  • Distance Learning Classroom:  A space designed to virtually link visitors and students at the Whiteville Museum with scientists at the Raleigh Museum and other locations.   

For more information, contact the Museum at 910.914.4185, or

Mother and son learning microscopy.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville offers programs and activities for all ages.

Overview photo of the Discovery Forest

Young explorers have a place for guided science and nature exploration in the Discovery Forest.