Beautiful Historic Museum Building & Roof Update - We Need your help!

The Museum received a NYSERDA grant to put solar panels & wind turbines on our roof. We have written other grants for this Roof Project 2, and need your help to raise the matching funds needed!Please email us for details!

View our growth this past decade


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

P: 315-724-6129  * F:  315-724-6120
www.museum4kids.net / History & Exhibits



11-10 The Musuem secured a NYSERDA grant to turn our roof into a green energy sustainable roof, which will generate enough natural power to save 50% of our utility bills! Please help us to raise the $80,000 matching grant funds needed by March, or we'll lose the grant! Donors will be invited to a special ribbon cutting!

11-10 The Musuem secured a NYSERDA grant to put Solar Panels & Windmills on our newly redone roof! We need your help in raising the $80,000 matching grant funds!

9-10 the last touches on Roof Project I. - 25 lbs psf off & 2 lbs psf new on!

8-10 towards the last portion of the roof, out with the old & in with the new!

8-10 the rewiring is done & the new hatch is in place!


8-10 the Children's Museum roof is swarming with contractors & equipment!


8-10 our Roof Project I is underway to repair our leaking roof!

8-10 the old roof is removed right down to the floorboards!

prior to the new roof going on, the sun's shining through to our 5th floor!

the parapet old walls are replaced with new material

the new insulation board gets laid...

and the new roof gets rolled out!

out with the old - 5 layers of roof - and in with the new!

6-10 checking the old roof for asbestos - there was none!

6-10 moving the AC's for roof renovation & checking out the old hatch


5-10 our roof -downtown Genesee Street straight ahead in the corner


5-10-10 train tracks to the left & train station to right

the roof facing North Utica, above & the Park, below + 1 of our signs


5-10 The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties presents a check to The Children's Museum for our roof renovation project. L to R: Children’s Museum Board Members: Ed Waszkiewicz and John Nogas, Community Foundation’s Jan Squadrito (representing the foundation donors who contributed), Museum Executive Director Marlene Brown, Jerome Donovan (representing a donation from the Senator James Donovan Memorial Fund), Mary Lyons Bradley (a Community Foundation Grants Committee member), and Museum Board Members Brett Levitt and Brad Brown.


The grant money and other funds secured for this project have enabled the museum to begin on our Roof Project Part I, to repair our leaking roof with green technology materials, building on the premise that an environmentally sustainable building and operational practices are sustainable institutional practices. designed to not only save us 50% of our utility bills, but will provide a unique exciting energy efficient “green program” for groups visiting the museum. Fund raising now begins for Part II of our Roof Project which will include solar panels, wind turbines designed to save us approx 50% of our utility bills, & a roof observation area to provide a unique exciting energy efficient “green program” for groups visiting the museum,


Our sign facing North Utica seen from over the bridge!

Our sign facing downtown Utica seen from up Genesee St!

The Children's Museum historic building, left, and history wall on our 1st floor, above

2009 The Children's Museum shines in all its glory

One of the oldest Children's Museum's in the country, founded in 1963, we are the only Children's Museum in the country to have been adopted by both NASA & Dept. of Energy's Office of Science. In 2007 our building was declared a NYS & Federal historic building! In 2008, we installed two beautiful new roof signs and continued our renovation. Located in the historic Bagg's Square area at the corner of Main and Railroad Streets, the five story brick building was constructed in 1893 as the headquarters for the John C. Heiber Dry Goods Company. One of the best know wholesale dry goods houses in the central and northern New York, "it once drew visitors who came on train from as far away as Albany and Syracuse to shop for dry goods". The interesting Romanesque Revival exterior remains as imposing as ever, and the charm of the period remains inside with its decoratively paneled central oak staircase, an original glass and wood paneled office, and fourteen foot high ceiling sheathed in fancy pressed tin. For years, two and a half of the five floors, each floor approximately 6,000 square feet, were used for exhibit and program areas. Today four of the five floors are open, conatining thousands of hands-on exhibits.


The Children’s Museum, 311 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501 * Web: www.museum4kids.net