Plans are underway for The Children’s Museum of Cleveland’s renovation of the historic Stager Beckwith mansion in Midtown. Since purchasing the property in December of 2014, the Museum has collaborated with exhibit designers and early childhood stakeholders to create a Museum that brings children and adults together in innovative ways to learn through play. Due to an upcoming commercial redevelopment on its current property, the Museum’s lease is not being renewed. As such, the Museum will close its University Circle facility on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 and begin to serve the community through a dynamic series of programs held throughout the community until the time when the renovation in Midtown is complete and the Museum is ready to open its new home to visitors.
“The future is very bright for The Children’s Museum of Cleveland and we’re excited to be taking an important next step forward in our plans toward a fully realized new home in Cleveland,” said Maria Cashy, Chairwoman of the Board of The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.
Through an imaginative and creative style of design focused on whole child development, the Museum will turn the mansion’s spaces into areas filled with laughter and play based learning. Twelve thousand square feet of brightly-lit exhibit spaces will cover all forms of play and are designed to support the development of 21st century skills. On the ground floor the large ballroom will brim with a complex system of kid-sized buildings, allowing children opportunities to build, work, and live in a dynamic adventure city exhibit. This exhibit will combine physical activity, imaginative play, and free explorations. Adjacent to the ballroom, the commercial kitchen will be transformed into a wonder lab where children will become scientists as they explore with water, experiment with air and create with magnetic gears. First floor exhibits will include an early childhood room focusing on birth to 3 years of age and arts & parts room where children can tinker, innovate, create and build.
“We recognize the value the Museum brings to our community’s youngest children and the unique resource we are to parents and caregivers. We are committed to serving these families during this transition to a new home for the Museum,” said Maria Campanelli, Executive Director of The Children’s Museum of Cleveland.
To keep the community informed of the Museum Without Walls community programming, updates on the future Museum, and fun ideas for at-home activities with children, the Museum will launch The Little Builders Club. All families who have subscribed to The Children’s Museum of Cleveland eNewsletter will be enrolled in this club automatically when the current facility closes and the Museum Without Walls launches. Learn more about the Children’s Museum of Cleveland at clevelandchildrensmuseum.org