Q: When will the Museum open?
A: The museum is OPEN! We offer 6,500 square feet of exhibit and program space, open year round.
But we still have work to do...Our site is a full 22,000 square feet of undeveloped space and we are working hard to raise the funds to build out the rest of our architectural and exhibit plan. Our phased building plan has enabled us to bring you a children's museum experience as quickly as possible, and the sooner we raise the reamining funds, the sooner we can open the full museum. You can help us by supporting the campaign!
Q: How will the money raised in the Phase 2 campaign be spent?
A: In addition to creating a state-of-the-art facility with world-class exhibits, Westchester Children’s Museum is investing millions of dollars into the bathhouse for basic infrastructure (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) as well as fulfilling its mission through an educational outreach program.
Q: Will this project be a burden on taxpayers?
A: No! Westchester Children's Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Privately raised funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations are being used to cover the cost of both the building infrastructure and exhibits.
Q: What are the economic benefits to Westchester County?
A: In addition to providing an enriching and educational (and fun!) resource for children and their adults, the Westchester Children's Museum is projected to add over $4 million a year to the local economy. With an estimated annual visitation of 200,000 people, it will create much needed jobs, increase tourism, and reinvigorate Playland – all while preserving a national historic landmark. Lastly, the museum will improve the quality of life for residents and help to retain and attract young families to the Mid-Hudson Region. As demonstrated in Boston, Baltimore, and several other cities and regions throughout the United States, children’s museums serve as anchors for local revitalization projects as well as centers for continued community engagement.