The Children’s Museum, currently open to the Title 1 children of Detroit Public Schools, was founded in 1917 and is the third oldest children’s museum in the country.
Considered a tremendous resource for families whose children are enrolled in DPS, the Museum possesses nearly 2 million artifacts and includes a planetarium, Sound and Music Room, “Great Up North” area focusing on Michigan geography and much more.
The Detroit Children’s Museum’s artifact collection encompasses items from every corner of the world, including extraordinary items such as Anasazi pottery, an Egyptian Cat Mummy, and a twelve foot Tiger Shark. About 900,000 items are available to be loaned to the educators of Title 1 students of Detroit Public Schools, which greatly enhances the learning experiences of DPS children. The Museum also has an extensive doll collection including a 300-year-old doll, which was once owned by the Chene family of Chene Street and Chene Park fame and that first came to Detroit in 1703.
From October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, the Detroit Children’s Museum served 60,119 DPS Title 1 students through field trips, outreach experiences, student interactions with the Museum’s artifacts, and DPS Family Saturday events.
The Museum provided professional development to 70 DPS teachers and loaned 962 lending kits to educators who use them to enhance the learning of their clients.
Federal funding currently mandates that the Detroit Children’s Museum is only open to DPS’ Title 1 families. However, the district continues to explore new partnerships and ways to raise funding that will allow the Museum again to benefit all children.
For information, please call (313) 873-8100.
DPS Family Saturdays
Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Children’s Museum have kicked off a new series of DPS Family Saturdays.
A different theme will be held monthly at the museum, located at 6134 Second Avenue, starting with Family Game Day this Saturday.
DPS families will have the opportunity to explore the Gallery and learn about some of the Museum’s nearly 2 million historical artifacts, take in a Planetarium show, experiment in the Museum’s Sound and Music Room, participate in free drawings for prizes and much more.
All of these events and activities are free and available only to DPS families. Children must be chaperoned by an adult.