Renderings Reveal New Children’s Museum

Dec 14, 2018

Renderings Reveal the New Children’s Museum

London, ON, December 14, 2018 – Four conceptual renderings released today provide a first look inside the future Children’s Museum planned for 100 Kellogg Lane.

After months of community consultations and work with exhibit design firm Gyroscope Inc., the London Children’s Museum has completed the master plan for their new museum in East London. The plan is the result of input from hundreds of children, families, educators and community members, and provides the overall vision for a reimagined Children’s Museum.

“The new Children’s Museum really is inspired by children’s ideas,” says Children’s Museum Executive Director, Amanda Conlon. “Children told us they want to know how things work and why. They want to know what is under the ground and what is out in the universe. They want to test, experiment and explore. The master plan lays the foundation for us to make their dreams a reality and aims to create experiences that are full of wonder.”

The space will feature eight zones offering immersive and interactive play experiences. From a network of treehouses and animal habitats to a mini streetscape, children will have endless opportunity to flex their imaginations and indulge their curiosity. A stream to play in, underground caves to explore, farming and planting, digging for gems, and a space for making and tinkering are just some of the experiences the new Children’s Museum will offer.

“Imagine a place that has everything you were curious about as a child. The new exhibits will be immersive and educational but full of fun,” says Children’s Museum Founder and Honorary Board Chair, Carol Johnston. “It will be a place where childhood interests can be discovered and explored, and where families can play, learn and build memories together.”

During public consultations, community members emphasized the importance of accessibility, inclusion, and diversity in the new Children’s Museum. “As we move into detailed exhibit design, we will continue to work with the community to create a welcoming space that celebrates the diverse ways children learn and grow,” said Conlon.

Completion of the Children’s Museum master plan will be followed by architectural planning, exhibit design and custom exhibit fabrication. This process is expected to take three years. The reimagined Children’s Museum is expected to be completed by 2021 at a cost of $14 million.

Until renovation is complete at 100 Kellogg Lane, the Children’s Museum will remain open at 21 Wharncliffe Road South. The community can stay up-to-date on the new Children’s Museum at staycuriouslondon.ca.

 

 

About the London Children’s Museum
The London Children’s Museum provides children and their grown-ups with extraordinary hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where children and their families visit to dream and play. Over 2.5 million visitors have stepped through the Children’s Museum’s doors since its opening on Wharncliffe Road. Exhibits and stimulating learning experiences allow children to explore history and heritage, investigate the complexities of science and social relationships, and celebrate the beauty in art and culture. The Children’s Museum helps children indulge their curiosity and play their way to a life of innovation and creative discovery. londonchildrensmuseum.ca

About 100 Kellogg
The 23-acre site is currently being transformed into a world-class destination housing Canada’s largest indoor entertainment centre known as The Factory, as well as a Maker’s Market, an office tower, restaurants, event spaces, Powerhouse Brewery and more. It is the former site of London, Ontario’s historic Kellogg cereal factory, which operated from 1913 to 2014.

Contact
Mira Noordermeer, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
London Children’s Museum
519-434-5726 ex. 230
mira@londonchildrensmuseum.ca

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