Once upon a time.... there were two teachers who dreamed of a children’s museum in Jacksonville. They had spent many years taking kindergarten students on the hour-long bus ride to and from the children’s museum in Wilmington. With the high population of young families in Jacksonville and the surrounding communities, it seemed like it would be a natural fit for Onslow County.
So in 2005, these teachers found ten others with the same dream and began to work on making it a reality. By 2008, they had received 501©3 status as a non-profit organization. Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation were filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State and a Board of Directors was established.
Now they had to get to work! Since it’s founding, the museum has held many events, fundraisers, and information meetings. The purchase of the former Boomtown Furniture building in 2017 solidified that original dream and the museum opened its doors on November 30th 2018.
“I am excited to learn that a group of educators have taken the initiative to implement their vision to help enrich the lives of the children in the Jacksonville-Onslow County area through an interactive educational museum. The museum has the potential to draw traffic from areas outside of Onslow County thereby increasing the tourism industry in Onslow County.
But, most importantly, through the curriculums planned, it will be a tool to broaden the education of the areas children. Children are the future of our great nation and I am always proud to support the efforts of those who contribute to enhancing their educational skills."
Former NC Congressman Walter Jones