Photo above: all the areas shown in light gray, light blue and orange represent NEW operating space! Dark gray shows the current Hoch Laager Boardwalk Galleries
We Are Building for the Future!
The Westchester Children’s Museum is in the midst of renovation and capital improvement of its historic landmark building. The infrastructure improvement project planned by the Museum converts the entirety of the site to a soaring, sunlit year-round facility that provides incredible opportunity for hands-on exhibits and STEAM programming not found anywhere else in the region. Available operating space grows from the current 6,500 square foot Hoch Laager Boardwalk Galleries to 22,000 square feet and will allow for up to 250,000 children per year!
We will be ringing in the New Year with a BUNCH of brand new exhibits, including a whole Makerspace dedicated to older children ages 7 and up that will feature woodwork and other more complex STEAM activities, as well as a Shadow Puppet Theater, a Sound Room, and a new Gift Shop, to name a few.
As always, thank you for your patience with us as we work through the home stretch of this giant but exciting renovation. We are so grateful to have such a supportive community standing by us.
We would like to give a GIANT shout out to Wells Fargo for the $35,000 grant that will fund our new Makerspace (see more information below!). We are so grateful and excited for what's ahead! As you probably have noticed, the Museum is closed Wednesday, Aug 28 through Friday, Sep 6 to accommodate the next BIG step that brings us even closer to our Grand Opening of the back space! Our fantastic construction crew will be hard at work leveling out our floors to prepare it for the special colorful, impact bearing flooring from Italy.
We are painting some of our new walls, and building out the space for the new interactive gift shop, finishing up our large, spacious multi-use room (for programs, group visits, and birthday parties!), and marking off the area for our new, expanded Makerspace. Thank you to our construction team members and to our visitors for your patience!
We are digging trenches to install plumbing for our new restrooms and future water play exhibits, adding insulation to our new walls, expanding our HVAC , and install wiring to support updated communications and IT.
We are making exciting progress in our expansion! In June, we closed the MakerSpace Gallery for two days, and the entire Museum for two more days, when we made 3 new openings in the existing walls, and dug trenches in our floor for some new plumbing. We also continued electrical work, putting up wall board, and installing our HVAC ducts.
Keep an eye out on our social media for updates about the opening schedule
The Infrastructure Project Includes:
· Installation of plumbing for multi-use classrooms, makerspaces, a future waterplay exhibit, and restrooms
· Electrical and IT systems
· New flooring
· Safety systems
· New admission/entrance circulation
· New classrooms, gift shop and snack area
· Queuing space for school groups
The Museum celebrated the expanded, newly renovated space with a fundraiser and cocktail party on May 17, 2019. The event co-honored County Executive George Latimer and Museum Board member and former President Corinne Zola. The event raised funds to support Museum operations. E-journal and event photos available HERE
Sledgehammers, hard hats, and construction team ready to go as the Westchester Children’s Museum breaks ground on its expansion project - special guests included CEO of the Westchester Business Council Marsha Gordon; NY State Assembly member Steve Otis; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus
In the News - HERE