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The Children's Museum of Wilmington is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in downtown Wilmington, NC. We offer a safe and engaging environment and outreach where children can actively learn through creative and imaginative play.


It is because of you that the children in our community continue to have a safe, engaging place to play to learn.

Thank you for your continued support of The Children's Museum of Wilmington.

Here are some of the ways in which your donation will help children in our community.

Helping Hands

$100 Provides the supplies needed for one month of a daily educational program (STEM, Art, Literacy).

Promote Play

$500 Funds a field trip to the Museum for 50 underserved children.

Inspire Imagination

$1,250 Helps to give children interactive and educational exhibits.

Encourage Creativity

$2,500 Supports our endowment which will help to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the Museum.

Foster Life Learners

$5,000 Sustains Museum outreach programs for one year to organizations such as Smart Start, MLK, Nourish NC, and Brigade Boys & Girls Club.

2022 Annual Fund Campaign Giving Levels

Managed by The North Carolina Community Foundation, the CMoW's Endowment Fund was established in 2009 as a source of perpetual and permanent funding to support CMoW. 

The Children's Museum of Wilmington is excited to announce we have reached our $25,000 Endowment Match Challenge Goal. Ned and Margaret Barclay graciously established The Children's Museum of Wilmington Endowment Fund several years ago. In 2018, they very generously offered the $25,000 match challenge.

"Thoughtful and unwavering donors like Ned and Margaret are the cornerstone of the Museum's financial success, we are so thankful to have them as supporters," states Jim Karl, former CMoW Executive Director. 

The CMoW's Endowment Fund was established in 2009 as a source of perpetual and permanent funding to support CMoW. The North Carolina Community Foundation manages CMoW's fund.

"We first began supporting The Children's Museum many years ago when we had young grandchildren and saw the benefit of the many different experiences they enjoyed. We helped establish The Children's Museum of Wilmington Endowment Fund when we realized that such a fund would give the Museum a perpetual source of needed income into the future."

Thank you Ned and Margaret Barclay!

We are very grateful for your support, thank you!

Learn more by contacting Executive Director, Heath Sellgren at or give us a call at 910-254-3534. 

The Children's Museum of Wilmington
Endowment Fund