Children's museums are popping up all over the country—and for good reason. Here are some facts that show how everyone benefits:
Children’s museums are the youngest and fastest growing museums in the country and world.
- The number of children’s museums has more than doubled since 1978.
- More than 70 Association of Children's Museum (ACM) members are currently undergoing building or expansion projects.
- More than 30 million individuals around the world visit children’s museums annually.
- Child Magazine lists children’s museums as “the hottest spots for learning and fun.”
Children’s museums serve as “town squares” and build social capital.
Children’s museums complement and supplement traditional educational resources.
- Children’s museums light a creative spark for discovery and lifelong learning.
- The Delaware Children’s Museum’s exhibits complement state educational curriculum standards.
- The Delaware Children’s Museum also offers an educational program off-site, at schools throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland: The Earth Balloon.
Children’s museums contribute to local economies.
- Non-profit arts institutions and museums are a cornerstone of tourism.
- More than 30% of children’s museums are part of a downtown revitalization project.
- Many city planners regard children’s museums as an anchor for nearby attractions, restaurants and local businesses.
- The total economic activity of Association of Children’s Museum members is $449 million.
Facts and statistics from "The Case for Children's Museums,"
Association of Children's Museums, Washington, D.C., 2008.