Cowan Museum of History and Science

Hours of Operation:


Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday & Monday, and major holiday weekends.

We will be closed for Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, 2017


Please call to schedule a time for group tours - we ask that you give staff at least a one day notice.

The main building can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people at a time. Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Admission is FREE; Donations are appreciated; Bus parking is available; Wheelchair access to the first floor galleries of the Kelly-Farrior House is provided.


Founded by George and Ila Cowan in 1981 and dedicated to their daughter, Joann Cowan Brown, the Cowan Museum of History and Science is housed within the Kelly-Farrior House (ca. 1848) and has an adjacent historical park. The majority of the collections, which were donated to Duplin County by the Cowan family, primarily focus on 19th-20th century tools and technology that document a history of innovation, resourcefulness, and creativity.  A diversity of woodworking tools, agricultural implements, household artifacts, and medical devices are on display, as well as an impressive collection of geological specimens. Additionally, other unique objects may be encountered onsite, such as a tornado demonstrator, an alternative fuel fan, and a hog oiler.

The Cowan Museum of History and Science is a department of Duplin County.

We are happy to be a part of Blue Star Museums, which is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across the United States to offer free admission to the country’s service members and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.