Detroit Children’s Museum, a partnership with Science Center and DPS, to hold re-opening, block party

DETROIT, June 23, 2010 — This summer the nation’s third oldest children’s museum will once again welcome the laughter and curiosity of young children through its doors when the Detroit Children’s Museum celebrates its grand re-opening June 26-27, 2010. Admission will be free for all visitors on opening weekend.

The Children’s Museum, a partnership between Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Science Center, has long been one of Detroit’s cultural gems. Now part of the Detroit Science Center experience, the Children’s Museum features a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts ranging from dinosaur bones to dioramas, masks, costumes and dolls from around the world, an extensive collection of rocks, fossils and crystals, and more; plus a “touch the stars” planetarium; and hands-on art and activity stations, the museum will offer visitors a unique look at world cultures, art, history and science.

“Given Detroit Public Schools’ extreme budget constraints, the Detroit Children’s Museum was not a core part of our operations, where all available resources must be devoted to the classroom,” said Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. “The Museum needed to be given the stability of not being in the annual school budget cycle, and the partnership with the Detroit Science Center gives it a guaranteed source of funding, through Title I funding, that allows the Museum not only to reopen but have a long-term sustainable future so generations of families can enjoy it for years to come.”

Visitors on opening weekend will see some old favorites including the Silverbolt horse sculpture and Champ, the Bengal tiger, plus new displays featuring changing artifacts from the museum’s vast collection. In celebration of the grand re-opening, the museum will hold an outdoor block party with music, science shows, face painting, activities from Arts & Scraps, the Eastern Market Family Farmer’s Market, and performances by the Grateful Dads and School of Rock.

Opening day will kick off with a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting and public hours from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours on June 27 will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Starting June 28 the museum will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and closed on Sunday. Admission starting June 28 is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Admission includes one planetarium show; additional shows are $1 per person.

Joint Museum Admission Discounts

Admission to the Detroit Science Center includes an equivalent number of complimentary admissions to the Detroit Children’s Museum for up to one month following a visit to the Science Center. Visitors to the Children’s Museum must show a valid Science Center receipt to redeem the offer.

Visitors coming to the Detroit Science Center within a month after a Detroit Children’s Museum visit will receive $4 per adult and $2 per child off admission to the Science Center with a valid Children’s Museum receipt.

New Joint Membership Program

Membership to the Detroit Science Center will now include admission to the Detroit Children’s Museum. Annual memberships start at $55 and include free general admission to both museums, discounted tickets to the Detroit Science Center’s Chrysler IMAX

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