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he Children’s Museum of Memphis Celebrates 20 Years of Education & Fun on June 16!

he Children’s Museum of Memphis Celebrates 20 Years of Education & Fun on June 16!

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 8:01 pm

The Children’s Museum of Memphis opened its doors on June 16, 1990. Now almost three million people have experienced the unique, hands-on exhibits and educational programs it offers. The museum’s birthday party, “Celebrating 20 Years of Education & Fun,” is being held on Wednesday, June 16, 10am-1pm. The big blowout will be on the front lawn and includes various performances, a dunk tank, T-ball and basketball games, giveaways, Carousel and Happy Birthday moonwalks, prizes, food (cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones, nachos and drinks), and of course birthday cake!

All activities and food are included with museum admission. For more information, visit CMOM.COM or call 901-458-2678.

A special thanks to party sponsors Kroger and Amerispan.

As we take a look back at these last two decades and reflect on the museum’s history, here are some “fun facts” to share with you!

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is located in the former National Guard Armory that was built from 1941-1942. The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ founders are Polly Glotzbach, Harriet McFadden, Mars Widdicombe and Harry J. Phillips, Sr. A special thanks also goes to The City of Memphis (and then Mayor Richard C. Hackett) for its vision and support.

Here is a short timeline and history:
· 1985 Children’s Museum Planning Group formed.
· 1987 The Children’s Museum of Memphis incorporated as a private, nonprofit educational corporation.
· 1988 The museum signed a lease with the City of Memphis for the National Guard Armory complex.
· 1990 After raising $3 million for construction, opened to the public on June 16.
· 1991 Celebrated first birthday in June with a first-year attendance of over 200,000 visitors.
· 1993 Celebrated third birthday with cumulative attendance of over 500,000 visitors.
· 1995 Celebrated fifth birthday with cumulative attendance of over 750,000 visitors.
· 1997 Celebrated seventh birthday with cumulative attendance of over one million visitors.
· 1999 Began a $6 million capital campaign to expand the museum by 16,000 square feet.
· 2001 Finished the $6 million capital campaign (raised $7.2 million) to expand the museum. Groundbreaking ceremony
and construction began on March 23.
· 2002 Museum expansion completed and opened on August 3. The museum welcomes 1.5 million visitors.
· 2005 The museum welcomes two million visitors.
· 2008 The museum welcomes 2.5 million visitors.
Posted 5.6.10

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