Welcome to Our Emerging Children's Museum!
As you know the board of directors and volunteers for the Explore it! Children’s Museum have been working hard for the past three years to raise community interest in bringing a local children’s museum to the greater Fredericksburg area. Although we’ve made great strides towards that goal, there is still much work to be done that would result in another four years until an opening date. That’s why we are very excited to announce that the Board of Directors of Explore it! has invited the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) to open a satellite location in the greater Fredericksburg area. By combining CMoR’s professional experience and resources with the Explore it! volunteers’ community knowledge and commitment, we may potentially have a children’s museum open as soon as 2014!
The Children’s Museum of Richmond has operated for 31 years, last year serving 360,000 visitors at its two current locations (a third location in Chesterfield will open this summer) and has always considered the Fredericksburg area to be another potential satellite location in the future. CMoR provides an environment rich in hands-on activities and experiences that bolster the imagination for children 8 years old and younger. The exhibits are tied to the Virginia Standards of Learning and CMoR provides educational field trips to more than 30,000 school children each year. These qualities align perfectly with our vision for a children’s museum in Fredericksburg and, fortunately, CMoR has the expertise and the infrastructure to take what we’re so passionate about and make it happen much more quickly.
Moving forward, CMoR staff will proceed with studies of the Fredericksburg market before making key decisions regarding when, where and how large the new satellite might be. In the meantime, Explore it! will continue to take its traveling exhibits, Museum on the Go, to family events , providing children with opportunities to learn through play, while offering the community a preview of what could eventually be offered in the future children’s museum. As the process unfolds and more information is available, CMoR will list updates on its website and in its monthly email newsletter.
To read the Free Lance-Star article about this collaboration, click Here.
To learn more about the Children’s Museum of Richmond, click Here.
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