History & Mission
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The Louisiana Children’s Museum promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages. Encouraging discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving and free play, the Museum motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with adults and peers.
Since opening its doors in 1986, the Louisiana Children’s Museum has been one of the city’s premier attractions for children. We welcome 147,000 visitors per year, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun.
The Museum’s 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and programs offer children a diverse set of activities that promote learning across many disciplines – from reading and math skills to architectural ideas and the nuances of grocery shopping – through interactive play. Whether they are learning what bones they use to ride a bike, alongside Mr. Bones or loading up a cargo ship in the Little Port of New Orleans exhibit, children take an active role in their own learning.
Some of LCM’s core principles:
- Reaching children in their most important years of intellectual development. A focus on early education instills in children the skills vital to success not just in school, but in a lifelong journey of learning.
- Fostering relationships between children and family, caregivers, and educators. One of LCM’s major goals is to bring together various communities within our greater community through shared experience.
- The “stickiness factor.” As Malcolm Gladwell described in his book The Tipping Point, the specific content of a message can make it memorable. LCM aims to combine education with enjoyment in a way that leads not only to effective learning, but to lasting memories as well.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is more than just a place to visit. We also offer a wide variety of traveling outreach programs, including StarLab, which teaches children about constellations, mythology, and more; Earth Balloon, an inflatable classroom that highlights everything from general geography to the benefits of environmental conservation; and Lil’ Stuffee, a seven-foot-tall walking anatomy lesson complete with shocking blue hair and pillow organs. In addition, the Museum has created Play Power, a community outreach program installed in schools to empower children in areas of New Orleans deeply impacted by Hurricane Katrina to enjoy learning through emphasis on free expression and laughter.
Our “continuum framework” connects early learning to lifelong learning, with a focus on young children from birth to 11 years of age. Our programs are holistic, with core competencies of Early Childhood Development, Family Learning, and Informal Education. We have developed a successful strategy targeted for each age group and to expand their reach off-site. Then, we added a training component of professional development for adults. By utilizing this approach, LCM extends its systems-based impact on the community.