About the Imperial Centre
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, located in downtown Rocky Mount, is one of the premier cultural facilities on the eastern seaboard. Occupying the combined former sites of the Imperial Tobacco company and old Braswell Memorial Library in downtown Rocky Mount, the complex houses an Arts Center, Children's Museum & Science Center, and community performing arts theatre. The 135,000 square foot facility involved the historic restoration and renovation of the old buildings which had been dormant for more than 50 years. Completion of the project spanned two years and resulted in a state-of-the-art facility that preserves the historic aspects of the original buildings.

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Contact Us

General Information/Tickets: 252-972-1266
Email: info@imperialcentre.org
Arts Center: 252-972-1163
Children's Museum/Science Center:

Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm


Arts Center - Free
Children's Museum/Science Center - Click here for details

Arts Center
Cultural Arts Administrator - Maureen Daly
Theatre Director - David Nields
Visual Arts Specialist — Catherine Lloyd
Education Specialist — Jennifer Rankin
Theatre Technical Director - Michael Baggesi
Theatre Technician - Pat Allen
Administrative Secretary - Felicia Murphy

Produces and presents a comprehensive programs of visual and performing arts including: exhibitions, camps, classes, concert series and community theatre.

Children's Museum & Science Center
Museum Director - Candy L. McCroskey
Curator of Education - Leigh Lasher-White
Space Science Educator - Steve Schmidt
Curator of Exhibits - Steve Armstrong
Museum Secretary - Tabitha Richardson

A hands-on, discovery science and natural history center featuring permanent and traveling exhibitions.