Our Mission

The mission of The Children’s Museum is to enrich the lives of people in the region by fostering a lifelong love of learning through enjoyable interactive programs and exhibits that bring out the imagination of every child and the child in every visitor.


  • To provide hands-on, informal educational experiences to children of all ages
  • To extend educational outreach services to the region
  • To involve the community in all that we do
  • To seek and develop new resources to maintain museum activities and further our mission

Who Are We?

Founded May 1985

We work hard to offer unique, sustainable and dynamic learning opportunities for youth through year-round interactive exhibits, programming, and community outreach. We encourage and facilitate the exploration of the sciences, arts and humanities and the development of positive learning experiences for people of all ages. We also work to respond to community needs through partnerships with regional schools and community-based organizations, pushing for the development of strong and healthy families.

The Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit run by a dedicated staff and overseen by a board of directors, assisted largely by the support of volunteers.  Open year round to all, the museum primarily draws visitors from the ten surrounding counties. We have sponsored an Art and Science Center since 1996 to serve the region, and have resided at our permanent physical location in Bloomsburg since 2002. We have also developed traveling hands-on museum exhibits that serve 17 school districts in the 5-county Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit area.

The Children’s Museum is a proud member of the following organizations and professional associations:

The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce Susquehanna River Valley Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Columbia County United WaySmall Museums AssociationAmerican Alliance of MuseumsPennsylvania Museums

Museum Staff

  • Shawna Meiser, Director
  • Ginny Weibel, PhD, Education Coordinator
  • Abigail Kurecian, Office Manager
  • Stacy Woodley, Office Assistant
  • Emily Wessel, Art Instructor
  • Shelby Kellner, Museum Assistant
  • Emerson Noss, Work Study Student

2018 Board of Directors

  • Lisa Leighton, President
  • Kathy Beidler, Secretary
  • Mary Osborne, Treasurer
  • Diana Hughes, Co-Vice President
  • Jean Downing, Co-Vice President
  • Jeananne Scrimgeour, Member
  • Joan Silver, Member
  • Liz Strauss, Member
  • Vic Klein, Member
  • Brandon Ortman, Member
  • Karen Blackway, Member
  • Valynn Boy, Member
  • Tracey Craddock, Member
  • Jenn Rarig, Member
  • Tom Schaeffer, Member

Volunteer Steering Committee

  • Barbara Bohling
  • Bill Bien
  • Joanne Hunt
  • Pam Kelly
  • Sandy Latour
  • Judy Ohl
  • Jan Rynhart
  • Fran Peterson
  • John Hobbis
  • JoAnne Pileski

Annual Reports

2015 Annual Report

Annual Report 2016


Current Program Sponsors

Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsUnited Way

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission