The long-awaited new home to the National Children’s Museum opens November 1st, ushering a new period for an adored institution that met its closure more than four years ago. Following the gala party on the opening day, a family day is scheduled on Nov. 2. The venue will be located inside of the famous Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Downtown Washington DC.
The fall opening saw an eight-month delay due to unexpected construction holdups. But, museum officials believe the $15-million establishment located between the Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue is ready. The 30,000-square-foot space will combine the characteristics of a tech-focused science center with all core properties of a museum for children reckoning the possibility of interior extensions.
Crystal Bowyer, the chief executive and president of the museum, confirmed that the exhibition space covers 20,000 square feet having everything of a children’s museum. Facing the Woodrow Wilson Plaza, the entrance allows for outdoor activities. Bowyer added that the new space being close to a Metro stop and parking nearby confirms a comeback to stability.
Laura Huerta Migus, executive director at the Association of Children’s Museums calls the museum an innovator that spreads STEM-based lessons in a magnificent design and upholds that tradition. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Audience and Tickets
The target audience includes those up to 12 years of age being able to receive the dreamlike experience to its entirety. Bowyer describes the multi-story Dream Machine as a particular structure that allows climbing and sliding offering the children a magical entry.
The price of the fundraising celebration tickets starts at $75 goes up to $750 allowing for cocktails, desserts, dinner, entry to the exhibits, and other events. Interested parents need to wait until this summer for more information to be available on the museum’s website.
Starting from November 3rd, the museum will be open from 9AM to 4:30PM on a daily basis. Tickets for visitors over 1 year old will be available online at $10.99. An estimated 5,00,000 visitors are expected annually.