Imagination Station
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Science Museums • History Museums
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The whole family can spend time together exploring 3 floors of exhibits in this interactive museum. Closely observe native and exotic creatures in the Honey Bee Observation Hive and the Herpetarium. Test your body knowledge in Body-ology by climbing boulders and racing the wild. Discover new places with Science on a Sphere®, a giant globe that takes you all around the world and into Outer Space. Uncover secrets of local history – the people and events that shaped the way we live today. New experiences are waiting in our ever-changing gallery spaces where families can question and discover how the world works.
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Ashapy
Baltimore, MD25 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
My husband and I and our 2 boys aged 8 and 11 had an awesome time at this tiny museum while driving through North Carolina. We love to the $5 admission and there were 3 floors filled with interesting things. The top floor of history wasn't too exciting for the kids but we liked it and they loved the reptiles and the hands on activities downstairs. We had the whole museum to ourselves and it was an awesome day. I love finding little spots like this!
Written January 1, 2020
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN794 contributions
Nov 2019
We are interested in history and geography, so were naturally attracted to a place called "The Museum of the Coastal Plain." We expected an exhibit on the local area history, geography, and demographics and instead were treated to one room full of old saws and hammers. Really. That was it. Hardly a regional history museum and one of the worst cases of false advertising we've come across. There are two other floors in this museum "complex" one filled with snakes and lizards in old glass cases and the other dark and purportedly a science museum but totally uninviting. The only good thing about this place is that it is in the old depression-era post office and federal building and we're glad it is being used and preserved. The admission fee of $5 plus tax would be totally fine if this was an average small city museum, which it ain't! In short, there is no reason to waste your time and money visiting here.
Written November 6, 2019
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oumom53
141 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We took our 6 yr. old grandson here and spent a couple hours. He didn't spend a lot of time on the 3rd floor where a new exhibit is being put together. It included lots of old tools which was of great interest to my husband, but not quite as much for the child. The second floor kept his attention much longer since there was a variety of live animals. He especially liked the bearded dragon and Jimmy, the 14 ft. long Burmese Python. He also enjoyed searching the enclosures to find the animals that were hiding or not as obvious due to their coloration. But he spent the most time on the first floor where there were a variety of exercise machines, a small climbing wall and a runway where he could test his running speed compared to various animals. Grandma got tired just watching him! We also got to see bees on a display where the could fly out a tube to outside and return to the honeycomb. An attendant helped us find the queen and told us there were over 7000 bees.
Written April 17, 2019
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Thank you for sharing your experience! I also have fun trying to find the animals when they're hiding out in their habitats. We are always working to find new ways of entertaining families. I hope you'll visit again soon to see what new wonders we have in store!
Written April 18, 2019
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Brent A
23 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
I visited Imagination Station on Sat 9 Feb 2019 with 24 college students.
This is a worthwhile venue. You can get a complete tour in 60-75 minutes.
The first floor has interactive science displays that youngsters will really like.
The second floor is a zoo of interesting reptiles and amphibians--turtles, exotic lizards, and snakes--including the renowned Jimmy, a 14' python. Jimmy was visible during our visit, but he slept--folded up and motionless--the entire time.
This building was once the county courthouse, so there is a courtroom that you can visit, too.
Plead for the special tour on the fourth floor of the building (take the elevator). Two animals love this area because it is especially warm. You will see two adorable animals--a shy 6"-long hedgehog and a sugar glider from Australia / Indonesia.
The guides are engaged, professional, and well informed. They know their animals.
Buy an Imagination Station pencil (40 cents) at the front desk.
Written February 11, 2019
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Dear BrentP603, Thank you for your enthusiastic review! We strive to have something fun and educational for all ages, so I am especially excited to know your group of college students had such a great time! We look forward to seeing you all again. Who knows what wonders we'll have in store for you next time! Sincerely,
Written March 29, 2019
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johnnyquest111
Wilson, NC453 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Everything there should be made of gold the amount of federal dollars this place sucks in...its like renaming 264 to interstate 795...Its the same old highway but as a interstate qualifies for federal money...Same with this station and whirrygig park...
Written January 26, 2019
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Dear Johhnyquest111, Thank you for taking time to visit our museum. I'm sorry you did not enjoy your experience. Although we've made many improvements over the last few years, there are many more we'd like to make. We are not federally funded. We are a private non-profit that works hard to provide entertaining and educational experiences for everyone. More than half of our funding comes from private donations by individuals, grants from private foundations, and operating income we earn. We receive less than half of our funding from grants we apply for through both state and local governments. Please be assured we will put your admission fee to good use! Please do visit us again the next time you're in town to see the improvements we've made! Sincerely,
Written March 29, 2019
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Molly M
4 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We visited here spontaneously on a Tuesday and we were the only people in there! It was a really neat place and my kids (8 and 5) really enjoyed it as did I. Hands down the best part was the space area with the huge interactive globe that you could move and change views of to see different climates and moons and planets. There were loud fans blowing so we couldn't hear the actual talking at all. Some of the exercise stuff didn't work. Not sure if there is supposed to be staff in there to help with that or with the rock climbing section but no one was anywhere to ask except back at the front desk. 2nd floor animal exhibit was disappointing. Some snakes and lizards and several turtles. Kids enjoyed it but again very small. 3rd floor was completely shut down and we were still charged the full price. Only took about an hour and we were pretty much done. I did enjoy it and plan to go back maybe for some of their events because they seem to do a lot of neat stuff.
Written October 18, 2018
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spurgeony
Hernando, FL361 contributions
Jul 2017
Imagination Station has many interesting exhibits. The Science on a Sphere is amazing. There are programs that can show the solar system, weather, and many other interesting phenomenon. The reptiles are very interesting and you can see them up close. The active Bee Hive is an excellent exhibit.
Written June 5, 2018
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62barb53
Greenville, NC279 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
We visit this museum 2-3 times a year. Our grandkids enjoy the hands on activities. They never get tired of the race the animals game to see who's faster! At first glance, adults may think this museum is small, but if you look through a child's eyes, you will see that kids can spend hours, playing on the activities. The historical displays are interesting. Our granddaughter enjoyed the weaving display this time, with the highlight being actually working on the loom!
Written January 10, 2018
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Eric B
Salcha, AK3,301 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
The adult fee is a bit pricey for the limited items in the museum. The best section was the sports athletic equipment with interactive buttons for kids to touch. The second floor is the reptiles in small tanks. The third floor had a history exhibit more for adults and less interesting for children. The is a nice place to bring children under 5 years of age.
Written November 30, 2017
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Karen N
WIlson NC416 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Lots of science and fun rolled into one. Imagination station is a great place to take the littles to enjoy several hours of fun. A favorite for a rainy day. Hands on science, snakes, lots of play areas.....we've even had a birthday party there. It's a gem.
Written October 3, 2017
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  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM