What is the Westchester Children’s Museum?
The Westchester Children’s Museum, located in Rye, New York, is a light-filled, colorful learning space filled with hands-on exhibits not found anywhere else in this region. The Museum offers experiences in physics, science, art, technology, design, with places to climb, build, and explore
The Westchester Children’s Museum is a vibrant, interactive learning space providing the opportunity to nurture curiosity, enhance knowledge, and ignite imagination through hands on exploration. The Museum is committed to broadening knowledge of the arts and sciences, the environment, multipculturalism, and the local and global communities in an educational and recreational atmosphere.
To be an engaging, inclusive, creative place for play and a catalyst for building confidence and critical thinking skills in our children
The WCM is a new kind of town square. We are a safe and welcoming gathering space for children and their adults from a wide range of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, and a broad spectrum of emotional and learning abilities, to come together, interact and share enriching educational experiences through play.
We value creative, innovative, and interactive exhibits and programs.
We value utilizing literary, scientific, artistic, and technological innovations.
We value the needs of our diverse audiences.
We value experiences that are collaborative and accessible, to the greatest extent possible, by all people regardless of their age, background, or ability.
We value serving those most in need.
We value collaboration with a variety of cultural, governmental, educational and community organizations
We value being environmentally responsible in our exhibits, programming and facilities.
We value the growth of the organization through staff, volunteers and board members who share a strong commitment to happy, healthy children throughout our society.
We value best practices and ethical management while remaining fiscally responsible.
Ensuring that Children Who Need Out of School Enrichment the Most Will Get It
We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to our programs, especially those from communities that are underserved in out of school enrichment or those who haven’t had access to cultural experiences.
Our exhibits and programs are geared for children age 0-13, but learning doesn’t stop there. We offer opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in special programs, internships, and apprenticeships enabling them to take leadership roles
How Do We Engage Our Visitors?
Our 22,000 square foot site is yet to be fully developed, we now provide 6,500 square feet of exhibit and program space in the newly named Hoch-Laager Boardwalk Galleries overlooking the Long Island Sound.
- Hands-on Exhibits and Programs
- Stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving skills; be accessible to a wide range of learning styles and abilities
- Encourage repeat visitation by a changing schedule of STEAM programs
- WCM is a venue for school and camp field trips, including pre- and post-visit educational programs
- Museum educators provide off site educational outreach programs
The WCM is located in the iconic North Bathhouse on the Boardwalk adjacent to Playland Amusement Park in Rye, NY. The historic landmark building, comprises 22,000 square feet of space.
What You See Now is a Fraction of What’s Planned for the Future
To date, the Museum has raised funds to successfully develop 6,500 square feet of space within the Bathhouse, now named the Hoch Laager Boardwalk Galleries. The space marks Phase 1 of the Museum’s building plan. We are shovel ready to begin building Phase 2, and fill the remaining 16,000 square feet with permanent and visiting exhibits, makerspaces, multi-use classrooms, galleries, and a signature climbing structure unlike anything in the region.