The Bronx will finally have its first children’s museum, as on Saturday, December 3 the Bronx Children’s Museum will open its doors to the public!
The museum will open at the Bronx Terminal Market at 725 Exterior Street in Mill Pond Park, only steps away from where The Universal Hip Hop Museum will open in the future.
“Until this project, the Bronx was the only borough without a children’s museum. Through this newly renovated building, we’re advancing equity and education, giving kids in the Bronx the museum space they deserve,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “I know that the Bronx Children’s Museum has many great exhibits about nature, the natural world, and our city, and I urge everyone, from every corner of the city, to come out and enjoy this new place for learning.”
The museum, which is located in a 1925 historic powerhouse, will allow children to play, learn, and connect throughout 13,800-square-feet of open-concept space which connects children to the experience of natural landscape and the Harlem River.
Founded in 2005, the Bronx Children’s Museum, operating “with and without walls,” have held in-school and after-school programs, summer arts enrichment program, ongoing family arts programs, and more throughout the years.
Children’s museums are recognized as impactful nurturing spaces of early learning, and since the Bronx is home to 190,000 children under the age of nine, the museum is needed more than ever.
“Art uplifts and empowers our young people, grows their imaginations, and boosts their confidence like nothing else can,” said NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Laurie Cumbo. “That’s why every child deserves the opportunity to experience first rate cultural programming, and why we’re so proud of our investment in the Bronx Children’s Museum’s new home in Mill Pond Park. We encourage families from across the Bronx and beyond to visit this exciting new addition to NYC’s family-friendly cultural offerings.”
The NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Design and Construction, and the Bronx Children’s Museum joined elected officials and community members on Wednesday, November 16 to celebrate the completion of the $14 million project. It will open on Saturday, December 3.
Please note: Advanced tickets reservations are required during the opening period. Learn more here.