Always Something New.
At The New Children’s Museum, there is always something “new” to experience, and 2018 will be no exception. The arts-based children’s museum is celebrating its rich 35-year history in San Diego and its 10th year as The New Children’s Museum downtown.
The Museum came into being in 1983 in a La Jolla shopping center when five visionary women set out to create a special space for children and families. In 1993, the Museum relocated downtown and became Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños San Diego. Ten years later, the doors were closed to break ground for a new building designed by world renowned architect Rob Quigley. With generous philanthropic support from the San Diego community, the Museum reopened in 2008 and renamed itself The New Children’s Museum.
Since reopening, the Museum has touched the lives of over 1,500,000 people and plays an increasingly unique and important role in San Diego. The Museum has collaborated with over 100 artists from all over the world to create installations and programs for children of all ages, providing accessible and meaningful art experiences. Museum visitors are empowered to think, play and create through interactive installations, engaging art-making activities, participatory studios, in-depth classes and educational opportunities. From its early days, the Museum’s commitment to accessible learning experiences for all children has been one of their cornerstone values and a driving force behind their many partnerships.
In celebration of their milestone year, the Museum is collaborating with artists from the past and planning to bring back visitor favorites. In the new year, look for new installations by Brian Dick (No rules except… fondly called the “Mattress Room” by visitors) and Jason Hackenwerth (artful and creative balloon sculptures). To add to the nostalgia, the Museum is bringing back a vintage 1950s Dodge pickup truck, which will be parked on their Paint and Clay patio and serve as a canvas for children to express themselves through paint.
The Museum will be hosting an exclusive after-hours birthday celebration Thursday May 10. For more information about this incredible organization, visit www.thinkplaycreate.org.