Children's Museum Renovations
Pictures of exterior of building (front, back, both sides), and of interior of building's 4th floor after cleaning it out, before & during repairs & renovation, during setup of NASA, DOE, & other exhibits.

Spring of 2002, our cluttered 4th floor

Summer of 2002, the floor is cleaned out & we're ready to begin the expansion

Fall of 2002, renovation work begins in earnest!

The 1st week of Dec., 2002, setup for the opening took place!

The Children's Museum, which houses the only permanent exhibit of the history and origins of the Mohawk Valley, is located in the historic Bagg's Square District. We began the work on renovating the 4th floor in the spring of 2002 and had the Grand Opening on Dec. 6th, 2002. Transportation Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow features interactive exhibits that include: NASA (National Aeronautic & Space Administration) & The Department of Energy's Office of Science exhibits (which children can actively learn from); Utica Fire Dept. & Utica Police Dept. artifacts & exhibits; Amtrak Railway exhibits; a working model of the Erie Canal (which children can navigate); a 17 ft airplane (which children can climb up in and "fly"); exhibit materials from the 5th floor brought down & out for viewing; a Meeting & Conference room; a half bath utility area; our Fire Escape brought up to this floor; Heating & Air Conditioning extended to this floor.

We've been able to accomplish this with the help of the heroes and heroines who know the value of CNY's only Children's Museum, an asset to the Mohawk Valley, a safe place to explore, learn, enjoy - where there's always a rainbow - folks who understand that "Happy children grow up to be happy adults, who are more likely to stay and support the community they grew up in." We hope you'll join us as we continue improving & expanding a valuable learning enrivonment and an historic building. The Children's Museum is a great tourism attraction all residents can be proud of and utilize to its highest capacity.

December 2002 Congressman Sherry Boehlert announces "both NASA and the Science Office of the Department of Energy have adopted the Children's Museum and will provide additional projects in the future". Dr. Orbach said "No other children's museum has been adopted by our agency. This museum is a special place and we wanted to be a part of it."What better legacy can one leave? If you'd like to join us as a volunteer guide or corporate sponsor contact President/Director Marlene Brown.

It takes a community to make a vision a reality. The following helped make our 4th floor opening a reality:

National Aeronautic & Space Administration & Director Sean O'Keefe
Dept. of Energy's Office of Science & Director Dr. Raymond Orbach
Congressman Sherwood Boehlert
Rig-All (Patty & Rusty Williams)
NYS Senator Ray Meier
Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito
County Executive Ralph Eannace
Ted Kibiuk & his airplane
Scott Madonia & Madonia Electric
Pacemaker Millar * Gauthier Fabricationg
Roger Sinnott * Zangrilli Engineering
Bernie Coffey & I.B.E.W. # 43
NY Power Authority * Earl Lewis
Oxford Medical Imaging
Oneida Indian Nation & Chuck Fougnier
Hannaford's (New Hartford)
Job Ready * Brandeles Corp.
Mauro's Glass * Collis & Sons
Ricardo Rosero & MVCC's Carpentry Class
Mark Waldrop & MVCC's Escoffier Club
Senator James Donovan Memorial Fund
Dr. Theodore & Malva Max
The Fountainhead Group
Bill Steppe & The GE Elfun's
The Hartford * Earle Reed & ECR
Dr. Joel Amidon * Lincoln Davies
J-K Lumber * McQuade & Bannigan
Joe Fraccola & the USPS * Indium Corp
Chris Destito & The Beeches
F. X. Matt's * Bremer & Bullock
Bronson Contractors * SCI Plywood
The Burns Agency * Mayor Tim Julian
Deputy Chief Dick Stemmer & the UPD
Assistant Chief Russell Brooks & the UFD
OC Sheriff Dan Middaugh & Peter Paravati
Metzler Printing * Regent Broadcasting
WKTV Channel 4 * WUTR's Joe Kelly Show
The Utica OD * MV Business Journal
Classified * Mirage * Carleton Boone
The Board of Directors * The CM Staff

Below is a sketch of our first dream of what the floor could look like.

The Children's Museum of History, Living History, Science & Technology
311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501

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