503 J. K. Powell Boulevard
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 642-2378
Fax: (910) 642-6214
Arts & Museums
Located in a former railway express station that was built in 1908, this museum displays memorabilia relating to Lumberton and Robeson County plus features a rotating historic display that changes every two months, and fossils found in the nearby Lumber River.
The science center is located in a one room schoolhouse and offers many hands-on exhibits and activities. The planetarium is located adjacent to the center and uses light, sound, and color to recreate the images of the universe.
The Ingram Planetarium is located north of the border in North Carolina (Sunset Beach to be exact), however if you absolutely need to visit a science museum while in the Myrtle Beach area, Ingram is one of the best. Some of the exhibits include the Planetarium of course, the Sky Theater and the Paul Dennis Science Hall which contains an augmented reality room. During the summer, the planetarium hosts programs every day of the week, 'To the Moon Thursdays' and the 'Size of Space' on Fridays are just a couple of examples. For more information on other events like laser music shows, check out the website for calendar.
This museum, run in conjunction with the Ingram Planetarium, is over the border from Myrtle Beach, but worth the trip if you enjoy natural history and science. It features exhibits on Atlantic coastal sea life like sharks, insects and snakes as well as informative ones like tide flows and the peril of litter on beaches. Each exhibit has a different theme, with names like Sea Shore, Ocean Reef, Barrier Island and Coastal Plain, that represent their ecology, respectively. For more information on events and collections, contact the museum or check website for calendar.
A very unique museum and resource center that contains 19th century artifacts, as well as arts and crafts from Lumbee Indian tribes plus displays contemporary Indian arts and drafts that represent Native Americans all over North America. Major displays include an authentic log canoe and log cabin.
This massive private car collection belongs to Paul and Carol Cummings. Here the gallery houses more than 100 different vehicles, from old-timer transport to gas-hogging muscle machines. For nearly 50 years Paul and his wife have amassed this treasure trove of vehicles. Dodge, Plymouth, Mercury, Pontiac, almost every single classic muscle car from those companies is represented here. The 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ is an amazing pre-NASCAR race car and the 1963 Corvette Stingray is a car owner's dream. These are just a couple of cars on display, for a complete list, you can contact the shop.
Visitors of all ages won't be able to resist this curiously odd, three-story structure that appears upside-down from the outside. Entertaining, scientific and educational, the ceiling of the lobby is decorated just like the floor and it certainly belies the fun ahead for the inquisitive. Children and adults will find exhibits and displays, simulators, physical tests of endurance and games of fun. Experience the force of 84-mph winds in the Hurricane Shack, generate electricity by bike pedaling, lay on a bed of nails, feel the 28°F water that passengers of the Titanic felt, ride a simulated roller coaster, make giant bubbles in the Bubble Lab or try your hand at landing the space shuttle.
Myrtle Beach is usually known for its spectacular beaches and college camaraderie during the spring, but this little gem of a museum provides a little intellectual stimulation. Here, the museum presents exhibits that are designed for children, like "Bubble Mania" to see how one is made, the "Kidz Medical Center" where kids learn about medicine and "Flora's Farmers Market" to learn about plants. There are plenty of other ones also, just check the website for more information. Moreover, the museum has events and programs throughout the year, check out calendar to find out more.
This museum recaptures the essence of the steam locomotive railroad days and features Wilmington and Weldon railroad artifacts dating from 1840, as well as a model exhibits of the Atlantic Coastline's North Carolina-South Carolina regional routes of the 1940s and 1950s.
One of the major collections in the world of romantic color prints by renowned 19th century American artists, Mary Cassatt, is on display at this museum that also offers educational programs for adults and children including lectures, films, tours, art classes, and workshops. A gift shop is on site that features arts and crafts from over 80 contemporary North Carolina artists and craftspeople.
Burgwin-Wright House is an old classic structure that is now transformed into a museum. It houses objects and artifacts that take you into the bygone era.
The oldest history museum in North Carolina, this 42,000 square foot museum is filled with interpretive exhibits that depict the history, natural history, and culture of the Lower Cape Fear area. Educational programs are also available.