Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Enjoy an Outdoor Block Party, Hands-on Activities, Planetarium Shows and More!

This summer the nation’s third oldest children’s museum will once again welcome the laughter and curiosity of young children through its doors when the Detroit Children’s Museum celebrates its grand re-opening June 26-27, 2010. Admission will be free for all visitors on opening weekend.

Now part of the Detroit Science Center, the Children’s Museum has long been one of Detroit’s cultural gems. Featuring a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts ranging from dinosaur bones to dioramas, masks, costumes and dolls from around the world, an extensive collection of rocks, fossils and crystals, and more; plus a “touch the stars” planetarium; and hands-on art and activity stations, the museum will offer visitors a unique look at world cultures, art, history and science.

Visitors on opening weekend will see some old favorites including the Silverbolt horse sculpture and Champ, the Bengal tiger, plus new displays featuring changing artifacts from the museum’s vast collection. In celebration of the grand re-opening, the museum will hold an outdoor block party with music, science shows, face painting, activities from Arts & Scraps, the Eastern Market Family Farmer’s Market, and performances by the Grateful Dads and Detroit School of Rock and Pop.

Opening day will kick off with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting and public hours from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours on June 27 will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Starting June 28 the museum will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday. Admission starting June 28 is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Admission includes one planetarium show; additional shows are $1 per person.

Joint Museum Admission Discounts

Admission to the Detroit Science Center includes an equivalent number of complimentary admissions to the Detroit Children’s Museum for up to one month following a visit to the Science Center. Visitors to the Children’s Museum must show a valid Science Center receipt to redeem the offer.

Visitors coming to the Detroit Science Center within a month after a Detroit Children’s Museum visit will receive $4 per adult and $2 per child off admission to the Science Center with a valid Children’s Museum receipt.

New Joint Membership Program

Membership to the Detroit Science Center will now include admission to the Detroit Children’s Museum. Annual memberships start at $55 and include free general admission to both museums, discounted tickets to the Detroit Science Center’s Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre, members-only events and more. For information about membership, please visit www.detroitsciencecenter.org or call 313.577.8400, ext. 433.

Group Programs

Group programs at the Children’s Museum are available for schools, daycare centers, community centers and other groups starting June 28, 2010. All programs will align with the Michigan Grade Level Content expectations for preschool-grade 6. Programs will focus on history, science, math and literature, and will include a classroom program, planetarium show and exhibit exploration. The Children’s Museum also will make Lending Collection kits of artifacts available to schools and other organizations. For more information, or to make a group reservation, please call 313.577.8400, Option 5. For Lending Collection information or requests, please call 313.873.8100.

About the Detroit Children's Museum

Founded in 1917, the Detroit Children’s Museum is the nation’s third oldest children’s museum. With a diverse collection of over 100,000 artifacts, hands-on stations and planetarium demonstrations, the museum offers a unique look at world cultures, history, art and science. The Detroit Children’s Museum is part of the Detroit Science Center. For more information, please visit www.detroitsciencecenter.org or Hoof Beat: The Official Blog of the Detroit Children's Museum.

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