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.

Our Interactive Virtual Tour is presented in Quicktime (QTVR) format, and is designed for high-speed Internet connections. If you have a low-speed (dial-up) connection, please be patient while each portion of the tour loads for the first time. If you do not have Quicktime installed on your computer, click the button below to download the free player.

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Contact Us
General Information/Tickets: 252-972-1266
Email: info@imperialcentre.org

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

Holiday Closings
The Imperial Centre is closed on the following City of Rocky Mount holidays:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Day after Christmas

Annual Closing
The Children’s Museum/Science Center and the Arts Center are closed the month of January due to exhibition changeover.

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

Imperial Centre
Recreation Superintendent (Imperial Centre) – David Griffin
Recreation Services Supervisor (Imperial Centre) – Sheila Long
Special Events Coordinator – Susan Ball
Adrienne Lynch – Administrative Clerk
Felicia Murphy – Administrative Secretary

Arts Center
ArtsCurator – AlicynWiedrich
Education Specialist — Jennifer Rankin
Theatre Director - David Nields
Theatre Production Designer - Donald Quilinquin
Costumer – Pat Allen

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
Curator of Education - Leigh Lasher-White
Space Science Educator - Steve Schmidt
Curator of Exhibits - Steve Armstrong

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