Greensboro Children's Museum
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is a hands on interactive play and exhibit center for children. Designed for kids under the age of ten, the museum’s learning stations are crafted to provide educational opportunities through creative interaction and play. Visiting children and adults can take part in permanent exhibits and rotating activity centers, all of which are designed to stimulate learning and creativity.
Backstory and Context
After traveling around the country and visiting various children museums, Jerry Hyman was inspired to bring one to Greensboro. He developed the proposal to pitch to community leaders, which was eventually accepted. Three years later the children museum opened on May 15th, 1999. It was the first of its kind in Greensboro, and remains the only educational based museum in the city.
In 2004 the museum was selected as one of the top 50 Children’s museums in the country. In 2006 the Board launched an innovative planning program based on the museum’s history and successful programs. The new program will consolidate the most successful exhibits, promoting a purposeful future agenda.
Today the museum is a hands on, interactive museum for children, families, classes, teachers, and school groups. The intention of the project is to inspire learning through fun and play in a safe and engaging environment. The Children's Museum continues to provide these daily opportunities to the Greensboro population and visitors.
The Museum provides an opportunity for visiting kids to use an ATM and banking center, drive a fire truck, sound the siren on a police car, land a jet, build a house, and deliver mail, along with a toddler specific zone for younger children.