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Annual Report 2018–2019


Reimagining the Canadian Children's Museum

Canadian Children’s Museum.

A free day of fun family activities was held on October 21, 2018.
Photo by Marie-Andrée Blais

The Canadian Children’s Museum has long been one of the most popular museum in the country for children and their families. Organized around a theme called The Great Adventure, for 25 years the Children’s Museum has invited young visitors to travel the world, exploring different cultures and ways of life through exciting hands-on learning experiences.

Public consultations for a renewed Canadian Children’s Museum began this fiscal year, with a free day of fun family activities on October 21, 2018. Visitors were invited to draw or build their ideal Children’s Museum, and more than 500 kids and adults contributed to a “renewal tree” by answering three questions. A “curious curator” chatted with youngsters about the types of objects they like to collect, and adults were encouraged to share their ideas on toddler spaces as their little ones climbed around on soft play structures. Over 1,200 people unable to attend this special event shared their ideas in an online survey which ran until November 18, 2018.

Beginning in February 2020 — until the reimagined space opens in 2021 — many popular Children’s Museum modules will be temporarily relocated in the Canadian Museum of History, accompanied by a dynamic lineup of family-friendly special exhibitions, activities, and programs.