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Imperial Arts Centre

Explore earth’s climate, examine the contents of a runny nose, stroll through a visual art garden fair and hold a wedding reception - all in one place. Where is this all possible? At the expansive Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences in downtown Rocky Mount, of course! This highlight of the Imperial Centre is the second article in a Rocky Mount Review series showcasing the wonderful things to do when you make Rocky Mount, North Carolina your new home.

The Imperial Centre is located on 270 Gay Street in downtown Rocky Mount. In one tremendous facility you’ll find an arts center, a children’s museum and a performing arts theater.  The complex occupies the combined former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and the old Braswell Memorial Library. This remodeled, state-of-the-art facility preserves the historic aspects of those original buildings, which had been dormant for more than 50 years.

So what will you find inside?

Maria V. Howard Arts Center

Exhibitions, classes and special events all form the Maria V. Howard Art Center’s visual arts program – one that emphasizes art education for all ages.  You’ll find sculptures, basket weaving, photographs and more. There are also a number of galleries with art from local, national and international artists.

Find out more about the Maria V. Howard Arts Center by clicking here.

Children’s Museum & Science Center

If you’ve relocated to Rocky Mount and are in search of ways for your family to spend quality time together, you’ll want to add the Children’s Museum & Science Center to your list!  You’ll love the hands-on exhibits here that provide educational fun for everyone.

Start your visit by studying the stars at the Cummins Planetarium. The very first full-dome, digital planetarium in North Carolina, this facility features a giant, thirty foot dome-shaped screen which is tilted forward by ten degrees, maximizing comfort for audiences of up to 50 people.

Visiting with kids? They won’t waste time getting over to the extremely popular science exhibit called Grossology: the Impolite Science of the Human Body, on display through December 2014. Interactive displays and sophisticated animatronics show you the good, the bad and the yucky science behind runny noses, body odor and things usually left out of polite conversation. It’s disgusting fun for all!

And don’t forget – the Children’s Museum offers birthday parties and summer camps. Find out more by clicking here.

Community Theater

It’s a 50-year tradition in Rocky Mount! The Community Theater offers a wide variety of productions, including comedies, dramas, musicals and children's shows. Make room in your calendar year-round for these excellent productions, and – better yet – see how you can volunteer. Check here for the 2014 Theater Schedule. Coming up: Young Actors Theater, Playshop, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and Fox on the Fairway.

Need more information on the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences? Discover more by visiting the Centre's website here.

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