Our History

Founded May 1985

We offer unique, sustainable, and dynamic learning opportunities for children of all ages 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.

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.

Our Objectives

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

Our Commitment to DE&I

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes families from all backgrounds. We believe that promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion is crucial to fulfilling our mission of inspiring learners of all ages. As an institution focused on humanities and science education, we strive to create opportunities for individuals to connect with each other and celebrate their shared humanity. Our access programs, including Yes to the Future, Museums for All, All Abilities Night, and Culture Café, provide equitable and inclusive access to the Museum and offer accessible learning experiences.

We recognize that our commitment to DEIA must extend beyond our community outreach efforts. As an organization, we prioritize diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion practices in all aspects of our operations. We are dedicated to promoting the representation of our local and global communities and partnering with like-minded organizations that share our values. This statement reflects our current efforts and will continue to evolve as we grow and learn.

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

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