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Marbles Kids Museum

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Established  1999
Website  marbleskidsmuseum.org
Founded  1999
Director  Sally Edwards
Phone  +1 919-834-4040
Marbles Kids Museum

Location  Raleigh, North Carolina
Address  201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
Hours  Closed now Monday9AM–5PMTuesday9AM–5PMWednesday9AM–5PMThursday9AM–7PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturday9AM–5PMSunday9AM–5PMSuggest an edit
Similar  Museum of Life and Science, City of Raleigh Museum, Shaw University, Raleigh Little Theatre, Meredith College

marbles kids museum in raleigh

Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit children's museum located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina in the Moore Square Historic District.


Its mission is to "..spark imagination, discovery and learning through play." It was created through the merger in 2007 of two existing children's museums: Exploris and Playspace.


Marbles Kids Museum offers "unique hands-on interactive experiences that inspire children to be creative thinkers and active learners." Its permanent exhibits are intended for children under 10 years of age and include Around Town, Splash!, IdeaWorks, Power2Play, and Moneypalooza. Daily activities and numerous special events are organized around Marbles' five core initiatives: 1) Be Healthy, Be Active; 2) Create, Innovate; 3) Connect and Communicate; 4) Build Your Brain; and 5) Grow up Green. Marbles offers affordable daily admission and annual memberships and access programs for children from low-income families and children with disabilities.


The Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre (previously named Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum) is North Carolina's only Giant Screen certified 3D theater and features a screen five stories high, and a sound system capable of supplying 12,000 watts of surround sound. The theater plays short educational IMAX documentaries, along with Hollywood feature films.

It was announced at the museum’s grand opening on October 4, 2007 and provides support for the museum’s programs and exhibits.


Marbles predecessor Exploris opened in 1999 as a $39.5 million state-of-the-art interactive global learning center. While praised for its architecture and lofty educational goals, attendance never met expectations. Playspace was an interactive children's museum aimed at preschool through early elementary age children. The move to the former Exploris space is the third move to a larger location in the museum's history. Playspace was originally located two blocks south of Marbles in City Market. It remained there until the late 1990s, moving to 410 Glenwood Avenue in a former dairy building. The non-profit museum received some funding from Wake County but was largely funded by corporate sponsorships of individual exhibits as well as the $5 per person admission price and memberships. In the summer of 2007, the two museums closed. Playspace moved into Exploris' building, and a new name for the combined museums was chosen. Marbles were selected to reflect the museum's unique two-story stainless steel wall grid inset with over 1.2 million marbles. The name was released to the public on September 29, 2007, the same day the new museum opened to the public.


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