The Children’s Museum of Cleveland was first established in 1981 by a coalition of parents, educators and civic leaders. Over the past two decades, the Museum has evolved from merely providing outreach programs and one traveling exhibit, to being known as the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to young children in the Cleveland area.
In response to the need for outreach programming, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) was founded in 1981 to provide outreach educational programs and activities to elementary school classrooms. In 1986, the CMC opened as a children’s museum when it moved to its current facility on Euclid Avenue in the city’s University Circle cultural center. Since 1986, young children have benefited from the intimacy and uniqueness of their own building so they could freely explore, touch and learn about the world in which they live. In 1993, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland added a pavilion which provided over 2,400 square feet of additional exhibit space for rotating exhibits that keep the Museum experience intriguing. Since 2001, the CMC restructured its operations and focused on building quality exhibits and programming, creating outreach services for the under-served community, developing valuable partnerships, and establishing fiscal stability and balanced budgets. As a result, at the end of 2009, the CMC completed its eighth straight year of positive financial results.
Now in its 26th year at its University Circle location, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland has consistently provided quality early learning experiences for children eight years of age and under. As evidenced by growing Museum admissions (81,734 in 2006; 90,630 in 2007; 96,145 in 2008: and 102,356 in 2009), the CMC is fast becoming a key resource for both families with young children, and for early childhood professionals and teachers.