The Duluth Children's Museum, established in 1930, is the fifth oldest children’s museum in the nation.
Mission & History
The Duluth Children’s Museum is a place where children begin their lifelong exploration of an ever-expanding world. The mission of the Duluth Children’s Museum is to spark children’s curiosity. In all of its creative and educational activities, the Duluth Children’s Museum:
-Respects the sense of play in children and adults.
-Encourages cooperative and inter-generational play.
-Affirms diversity and an appreciation of differences.
-Brings children and families together to encounter new ideas and learning.
-Engages imagination, intellect, emotions and senses in play and learning.
-Actively maintains a multi-cultural collection as a learning resource.
One of the first children’s museums in the country, the Duluth Children’s Museum opened in 1930 as a resource for teachers, schoolchildren and families to learn more about their world neighbors. The organization’s name was changed to the A.M. Chisholm Museum in 1954 following the donation of the Chisholm family residence, which was used as a permanent home for the Museum. In 1975, the Museum relocated to the Depot and it became a member organization of the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center. The organization reclaimed its original name in 1994.
The next big move for the Museum is currently underway. In December of 2009 the organization purchased the Duluth Malt and Brewing building on Helm Street in West Duluth. This transition, when complete will provide more than 28,000 square feet of exhibit, program and facility space for the Duluth Children's Museum. The vision for the new facility includes a green rooftop which will serve as an educational tool.
The Duluth Children’s Museum serves more than 80,000 children, caregivers and educators annually through its exhibition and education programs. The museum’s primary constituency is children age three to eight and their families. The extended constituency is children birth to three and children eight to twelve and family members.
The Duluth Children’s Museum is excited offer a host of programming in line with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. STEM-focused programming provides children with hands-on experiences that prepare them to face the ever-increasing challenges of our expanding technological world. Our recently formed partnership with the NISE Network allows us to offer nanoscience programming to children and families in the Duluth and surrounding communities.