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  Sally Edwards


"Children learn through discovery. Play is what makes that happen."

“Play with purpose” is one of the smart ideas fueling Raleigh’s innovation pipeline, with community leaders like Sally Edwards exciting and engaging visitors with big ideas they can take home.

In 2007, she led the merger of two downtown Raleigh museums to create Marbles Kids Museum. Today, the museum and IMAX theatre attract more than 600,000 visitors every year.

Sally grew up in north Raleigh, later earning a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from Duke University. In addition, she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and has completed several continuing education programs at Walt Disney World. A global traveler and adventurer, Sally draws inspiration from children and communities around the world.

Before stepping-in to create Marbles, Sally worked in development for a not-for-profit worldwide outdoor consulting. An endurance cyclist, Sally is often seen pedaling down Raleigh’s large network of bike trails and greenways. Her favorite is at Lake Crabtree.


Make a trip with your little ones (kids ages 10 and under) to Raleigh to experience Marbles. Delivering purposeful play in a big way, the museum offers themed exhibits designed to build imagination through self-led exploration of new ideas and experiences. From the world's first and only kid-driven smart power grid to hands-on STEM learning stations, Marbles educates and inspires children. Learn more.

Take in a movie at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre, boasting N.C.'s only 3D-capable giant screen—teens and adults can also take in blockbuster hits there! See the schedule here.


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