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North Carolina Children's Science & Discovery Museums

The North Carolina museums listed below are ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) Passport Program Participants (as of May 2009 -- please check for most current list).  Visitors who are members of one museum in the passport program are entitled to free general admission to other museums in the passport program NATIONWIDE (as well as many science museums in other countries!), with certain exclusions and restrictions*.

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  Museums located within 90 miles of each other are excluded from the program unless the exclusion is lifted by mutual agreement.  See for more details about restrictions and exclusions.  We recommend calling the local museums of interest to you to find out whether or not the passport program applies for other listed North Carolina museums (i.e., to find out whether the 90 mile exclusion has been lifted between certain museums.)  Also please call to confirm Family admittance terms; information below listed by as of May 2009.

Family admittance terms denoted by "F" below.  (Source: May 2009-October 2009 Passport Program Participant List)

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
814 Market Street, Wilmington 28401-4731
(910) 798-4350
F: Two adults and two children

Catawba Science Center
243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory 28601
(828) 322-8169
F: Parents/guardians and their children (18 & under) or
grandparents with their grandchildren (18 & under)

The Children's Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street, Wilmington 28401
(910) 254-3534
F: Up to four members, children and adults living at the
same address 
(No longer a member of the Passport Program?)

Colburn Earth Science Museum
2 South Pack Square at Pack Place, Asheville 28801
(828) 254-7162
F: Two adults and all children under age 19

Discovery Place, Inc.
301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202
(704) 372-6261
F: Parents, children under 19, grandparents,
grandchildren under 19

Friends of the WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville 28805
(828) 298-5600
F: Two adults and up to four children (18 or younger) in
same household

The Health Adventure, Inc.
2 South Pack Square, Asheville 28801
(828) 254-6373
F: Two adults living in one household and their children
under 18

Imagination Station Science Museum
224 East Nash Street, Wilson 27893
(252) 291-5113
F: Two adults and all children under 18 living in same

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill 27514
(919) 962-1236
F: One or two adults and their children/grandchildren
under 18 living in the same household. Museum is free;
Passport visitors receive 2-for-1 admission to all shows.

Museum of Life and Science
433 West Murray Avenue, Durham 27704
(919) 220-5429
F: Honors home museum's definition of family (as stated
by number in family listed on card) up to a total of eight
people in the same household

Natural Science Center of Greensboro, Inc
4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro 27455
(336) 288-3769
F: Two adults and their children under 18 or two
grandparents and their grandchildren 17 and under

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh 27601
(919) 733-7450
F: Two adults in the household and their minor children
or grandchildren. General admission is free; Passport
visitors receive admission to the Special Exhibits Gallery
at the member rate and a 10% discount on museum
store purchases.

North Carolina Transportation Museum Foundation
411 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer 28159
(704) 636-2889
F: Immediate family members residing in same
household, limit 4. Museum is free; Passport visitors
receive free train rides (excluding special events).

Rocky Mount Children's Museum & Science Center
270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount 27804
(252) 972-1167
F: Nuclear family--mother, father, and children

Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
1500 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia 28054
(704) 866-6900
F: One/two parent(s) and child/children or one/two
Grandparent(s) and grandchild/grandchildren

400 West Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem 27105
(336) 767-6730
F: Two adults and children under 19 residing in the
same household

(Family Admittance terms ("F") source: May 2009-October 2009 Passport Program Participant List)


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