Mostly nonprofit organizations, that may belong to the Association of Children’s Museums in Washington, D.C., Children’s Museums provide programs, exhibits, and informal educational opportunities for children that feature hands-on interactions for them to manipulate.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11213-1900
Founded in 1899, and housed in a multi-level underground gallery, uniquely in a residential area of Crown Heights, New York, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first American museum designed specifically for children, and became New York City’s first “green museum” on September 20, 2008.
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-4716
Founded in 1925 the world’s largest Children’s Museum is located north of downtown Indianapolis, and houses the largest planetarium in the state, an 1868 fifty-five ton steam engine, and North America’s largest water clock. Among the museum’s most popular exhibits are the Take Me There Exhibit that every couple of years alternates various locations around the world in the display, The Power of Children: Making A Difference Exhibit featuring Ryan White, Anne Frank, and Ruby Bridges, the Story Avenue Tour of African-American talking interacting mannequins, the preschool area known as Playscape, the 1917 Carousel and Dreams Gallery, a National Historic Landmark, the Science Works Exhibit, and the Dinosphere Exhibit containing baby Hypacrosarus, a teenage Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and a Prehistoric Didelphodon, one of the largest mammals of the Mesozoic Age.
Creative Discovery Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Regarded as one of the premiere Children’s Museums of the South the Creative Discovery Museum features interactive exhibits for children up to ten years old including the Excavation Station What’s Underground Exhibit, the RiverPlay Exhibit detailing the Tennessee River Chattanooga has long depended on as its main water source, the Rooftop Fun Factory featuring simple interactive machinery, the Visual Arts Multi-Media Gallery, the Corner Clinic Real Doctor’s Office Exhibit, the Optics Gallery Of Funny Mirrors Exhibit, the Bee Garden and Observation Hive, the Barsamian Science and Art Exhibit, the Inventors Clubhouse Exhibit, the Little Yellow Treehouse and Kitchen designed for children up to four years old, the Performing Arts and Recording Gallery, and the Lookout Observation Tower with views of Chattanooga.
Buell Children’s Museum
210 North Santa Fe Avenue
Pueblo, Colorado 81003-4133
Recognized by Child Magazine as one of the best art centers for children the Buell Children’s Museum offers performing arts programs, dance classes, birthday parties, Fairy House Garden Tours, kid-powered PlasmaCars, the Forest Friends Elves, Fairies, and Hobbits Exhibit, and swimming in PlayMotion with interactive jellyfish that can not harm them.
Children’s Museum of Richmond
2626 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220-1904
Billed as “See More Do More Be More” the Children’s Museum of Richmond opened in 1981 and premieres the Boxes, Blocks, and Blueprint Exhibit, a forty foot long replica cave, the Legendary Santa Exhibit, the Town Square Richmond Exhibit, the Little Farm for children up to three years old, the Dominion Solar Energy Sun Tube Exhibit, and a Treehouse Exhibit.
Hands On! Regional Museum
315 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601-5709
The Hands On! Regional Museum contains twenty permanent exhibits for children of all ages, as well as changing exhibits in the Feature Exhibit Hall, the Eastman Discovery Lab, the Animal Secrets Nature Exhibit, the My Science and Me Exhibit, the Ark Animal Life Exhibit, the Biology and Ecology Alive & Well Exhibit, the Cool Clear Rainfall and Condensation Water Exhibit, the Landfill Exhibit, the Wings Airplane Exhibit featuring a Cesna 150 airplane, the Frozen Shadows Magic Exhibit, the Amazing Me Exhibit, the Kids Bank Exhibit, the Art Studio Exhibit, the Beyond Sound Music Room, bubble making tables, the Water Play Dam, the Safari Dreams Library, the Katie Ellen Coal Mine, Fort Adventure, the Dress Up Closet, the Theater On Main Street for dancing and singing, bubble making tables, and the preschool children’s Tiny Town and Doll House Exhibit.
Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Children’s Museum
347 East 22nd Street
Ogden, Utah 84401-1415
Known as the place where children can “step into a story” the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Children’s Museum, a National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum, allows free admission for military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and features an Art Garden, the Castle Theater for story times, the Great American Map Exhibit where children can learn about all fifty states, the Millennium Tales Pop-Up Book Exhibit, the One Room Schoolhouse Exhibit, a replica of the Oval Office in Washington D.C., the Dinosaur and Color Canyon Exhibit for fossils, bone puzzles, and dinosaur creations, the One World Village Exhibit displaying England, Germany, China, and Mexico, the Pick Up A Stick And Play Music Room, the Days of the Knights Exhibit, and the Baby Place and Mini-Hospital Exhibit.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Nominated for the 2010 Nickelodeon Parents Picks Awards for Best Museum in Baltimore, and Best Kids Party Place In Baltimore, Port Discovery exhibits include the Bob the Builder Build It Project, the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Gas Station Exhibit, the Wonders of Water “WOW” Exhibit, Maryland Discovery Days for disabled students, Circle Times for infants and toddlers featuring Mother Goose on the Loose, Dr. Suess Oasis Book Readings, and Countdown to Kindergarten events to help children prepare for their first school experiences.
Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, California 95110
Beginning in June 1990 the Children’s Discovery Museum has offered new interactive exhibits yearly that have included the Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures In Action Exhibit based on action adventures popular in children’s books and movies, the Bob the Builder Build It Project, Youth Photography Showcases, the Bubbalogna Bubbles Exhibit, Native American corn husks dolls, the Kids Garden where vegetables, fruits, and herbs are grown by children, the Secrets of Circles Exhibit, the Lee and Diane Brandenburg Theatre, the Cadence Amphitheatre for Performing Arts, the WaterWays Waterfalls Exhibit, and the Early Learning Wonder Cabinet Laboratory.
Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center
300 North McLean Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203-5901
For the last ten years the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center has featured unique exhibits for children to enjoy including Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body Animatronics Exhibit, the WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science National Traveling Exhibit, the Agamagination Farming Exhibit, the Much More Munsch Interactive Reading Exhibit, the Exploring Flight and Design Exhibit containing famous Aviators, the Kids Explore Medieval Kingdom, the Tots Spot for toddlers, and the Exploration Park age appropriate play areas.
Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz Street
Houston, Texas 77004-7112
Known as “a playground for your mind” the Children’s Museum of Houston’s featured exhibits include fourteen galleries full of the Invention Convention Gadget Workshop, the Kidtropolis USA Exhibit, a city run by children, the CyberSquad Cyberchase, the PowerPlay three level physical challenge for fitness activities, the FlowWorks Interactive Water Exhibit and eighteen foot tall Cauldron, the Matter, Molecules, and Atoms Factory, the Secrets of Circles Exhibit, the Dragons and Fairies: Exploring Viet Nam Through Fairytales Exhibit, the John P. McGovern Kids Hall and Junktion activities tables, the How Does It Work Fondren Technikids Sound Gallery, the Building Zone Construction Area Exhibit, the Tot Spot for children up to three years old, the Inventors Workshop that allows children to create without instructions or limitations, and the Think Tank Minds-On Exhibit.
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