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REIMAGINING THE CANADIAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

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We’re planning a renewal of the Canadian Children’s Museum in the coming years so that we can continue to meet the needs and expectations of our visitors through engaging, accessible and dynamic experiences.

The Canadian Children’s Museum is a popular place for families and children to learn and play, and it has been an integral part of the Museum visitor experience since its opening in 1989. Yet much has changed in the way children and families visit, learn and interact in museums since the Children’s Museum was originally conceived and developed.

 

WHY RENEW?

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WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU

Tell us what you would like to see in a reimagined Children’s Museum. Your ideas will help to inform our planning.

 

THE MUSEUM REMAINS OPEN – THE FUN NEVER ENDS!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is happening at the Canadian Children’s Museum?

The Canadian Museum of History is planning a renewal of the Canadian Children’s Museum in the coming years, so that it can continue to meet the needs and expectations of its visitors through engaging, accessible and dynamic experiences.

When is it happening?

Planning and consultations are beginning now. The Canadian Children’s Museum will remain open with the current offering until January 2020. The Children’s Museum will be temporarily relocated within the Museum of History, from February 2020 until the renewal is completed in the summer of 2021. Many of the modules from the current Children’s Museum will be on display, as well as a dynamic lineup of family-friendly special exhibitions, activities and programs.

Why is the Canadian Children’s Museum being renewed?

The Canadian Children’s Museum is a popular place for families and children to learn and play, and it has been an integral part of the Museum visitor experience since its opening in 1989. Yet much has changed in the way children and families visit, learn and interact in museums over the last 29 years. We want to ensure it continues to meet the needs and expectations of its visitors through engaging, accessible and dynamic experiences.

How will the renewal be done?

Content is being developed by the Museum’s team of experts, museologists and learning specialists, with input from the public, stakeholder groups, experts and employees through surveys, consultations and public events. The Museum is also working with an Advisory Committee comprised of eight experts and practitioners who work, among other fields, in childhood development, early learning, inclusion and accessibility.

Who is leading this project?

The project is being led by the Museum’s own team of experts, museologists and learning specialists, with input from the public, stakeholder groups, experts and employees.

How can the public participate?

The public can share their ideas and feedback on the renewal in several ways. The public is invited to take an online survey regarding the Canadian Children’s Museum renewal, available on our website from October 9 to November 18. The public is also invited to attend a “Reimagining the Children’s Museum” event to be held at the Museum on October 21. There will be activities and the opportunity to share ideas and feedback on the renewal project. Additional surveys and public engagement events will be held at various points throughout the renewal.

 

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