Tuesday, April 26, 2011

$5M renovation kicks off at Children's Museum of Tacoma

Message from the new Children’s Museum of Tacoma:

"On April 25, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the new Museum site, 1501 Pacific Avenue, a community Construction Kick-Off was hosted by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Representative Laurie Jinkins, and Board Chairman Dave Edwards as construction kicks-off for the new Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

"The new Children's Museum of Tacoma will open to the public January 14, 2012. Admission will be free.

"This 8,000 square foot interactive play space will undergo a $5 million renovation, as well as installation of new exhibitions, over the course of the next nine months.

"A year ago, the museum signed a contract to lease 8,700 square feet on the first floor of the United Way building at 1501 Pacific Avenue and launched a capital campaign. The new space will be the whole first floor of the United Way building. The building has lots of great features to incorporate into playful explorations, creative journeys, and lots of hands-on fun! It’s 50% larger than our current site. It has lots of windows for natural light and space for outdoor activity. Plus, it's close to other museums, parking, and the light rail.

"Thanks to a gift from the KeyBank Foundation, “Pay As You Will” admission has been underwritten for the first five years of operation in the new building. One year from now admission will no longer be a barrier to enjoying the power of play in the museum.

"Early childhood development research suggests that the greatest return on investment comes from providing services to children in their first five years of life. With 34 percent of Pierce County’s families in the low- to moderate incomes ranges, museum visits and programs might not be affordable for all. Thank you KeyBank for investing early!

"Looking forward to playing together in the new museum next January."