The Children's Museum Weather Center & Its Sponsors
311 Main Street, Utica, NY
Tel: 315-724-6129 *


The
Children's Museum Weather Center was a collaborative effort between the Children's Museum and its sponsors: the GE Elfuns, WKTV NewsChannel 2, Advanced Technical Solutions, and Quadsimia.
 

The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science & Technology, the only Children's Museum in the country to have been adopted by NASA & the Dept. of Energy's Office of Science. We also house the following: downtown Utica's Weather Station; an extensive interactive train exhibit; a real airplane for children to 'pilot'; an LED Play Dance Floor; a two-story Exploration Space; the only permanent exhibition on Mohawk Valley history.

Weather Center: The Children’s Museum Weather Center was a collaborative effort between the Children's Museum and its sponsors: the GE Elfuns, WKTV NewsChannel 2, Advanced Technical Solutions, and Quadsimia - Internet Presence Professionals.

The GE Elfun Society is a global organization of GE volunteers. They are employees and retirees committed to improving their communities, their company, and their lives through volunteerism, leadership, and camaraderie. More information on their website at http://www.elfun.org/

WKTV NewsChannel 2 Weather Station website is designed and maintained by WKTV Meteorologists and by NewsChannel 2, WKTV-TV, Utica, NY. More information here http://www.wktv.com/

Advanced Technical Solutions provides complete end-to-end computer integration and service solutions systems and support for corporate clients and home users. More info here http://www.advantechcny.com/

Quadsimia, a complete Internet Presence company offering a broad range of services for businesses and individuals, delivers premiere Internet services and solutions. More info here http://www.quadsimia.com/

Central New York's only Children's Museum is permanently chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. We are passionately committed to providing a hands-on safe environment for children, families, and groups who visit. Our 4 floors of exhibits provide an enjoyable educational experience for kids from 1 to 101 to learn, experience, & create.

We are located in the historic Main Street district of downtown Utica between majestic Union Station and Bagg's Square Memorial Park, home of Bagg's Tavern, originally a log house founded in 1794 by Moses Bagg. Guests included General George Washington, General Lafayette, Henry Clay, and General Grant. The location, near the ancient fording place of the Mohawk River and the site of Old Fort Schuyler, houses the only permanent exhibit of the history and origins of the Mohawk Valley.

History: One of the oldest children's museum's in the country, we were organized in the October of 1963 by the Junior League. Originally called the Junior Museum of Oneida County, our museum began in the basement of the Utica Public Library. The museum consisted of one exhibit, an Iroquois Longhouse which we still exhibit. The idea of a museum for area children caught on quickly and the museum started to grow.

In October 1965, due to lack of space, it moved to the former Dept of Parks & Recreation Building at the SE corner of Memorial Parkway and Oneida Street. In its nine year stay there, the museum developed a variety of permanent exhibits and large range of educational programs. Interest increased steadily so that by 1974 more than 21,000 adults and children were participating. November of 1974 saw the museum move to the upstairs of the Valley View Country Club. This new location provided badly needed space for the many exhibits, storage, and gift shop. In 1975, the name of the organization was changed to Mohawk Valley Museum.

Forty years later, in July of 1979, the museum was again relocated, this time to its current location in the historic Bagg's Square area. The former John C. Heiber Dry Goods Building, at 311 Main Street, Utica, NY was purchased for $35,000 by borrowing that sum from the Oneida National Bank and Trust Company of Central New York. At this time, the name of the organization was changed to The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, and Science. The five story brick building, constructed at the turn of the century, "once drew visitors who came on the 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, three of the five floors, each floor approximately 6,000 square feet, were used for exhibit and program areas.

One of the oldest children’s museums in the country, in 2002 the mortgage on the building was paid off, the 4th floor was opened, and the name was changed to The Children's Museum of History, Natural History, Science, and Technology. The Children's Museum became the only museum in the country to be adopted by NASA – National Aeronautic & Space Administration & DOE OS – Dept. of Energy’s Office of Science).

The Museum is a hands-on learning center with emphasis on local history, environmental science, the arts, and space science. Our Educational Enrichment Programs enhance learning for children of all ages. Four floors encompassing a total of 24,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum is located in the former Hieber Dry Goods Building at 311 Main Street, Utica. Exhibitions include Playspace, a unique larger than life wooden train activity center for children under the age of 5; Exploration Station a play village with numerous stores to explore for younger children; the Dinorama, a multimedia display of dinosaur models and fossils; the Diorama, a multimedia display of the history of Central New York; a reconstruction of an Iroquois Longhouse; the Living Science Learning Center housing live animal and insect displays, the Weather Room featuring Doppler Radar programs, plus several other interactive exhibits including musical instruments and our Saturn car.

Our 4th floor features exhibits on "Transportation Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow". This addition to an already great children's museum features Utica Fire Dept artifacts & an old fire engine, Utica Police Dept artifacts & exhibits kids can explore, the original Amtrak railway switching station, and a 17 foot airplane kids can actually climb into and pretend to fly! Thanks to Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, and Dept. of Energy's Office of Science Director Raymond Orbach, we have several really cool space & science exhibits! Become a corporate sponsor and help sponsor our continued growth! There is also an outdoor display of real trains on one side and in back of the museum, and an historic park on the other side.

The Museum offers educational programs for school and scout groups throughout the three county area it serves, as well as for tourists from around the nation and the world. The Museum hosts birthday parties and group meetings in our neat Community/Birthday Room. Sculpture done for and by children is sited in Bagg's Square Park, an outdoor Learning Annex to the Museum. The Museum is totally accessible to persons with disabilities, with a ramp and an elevator to accommodate the needs of visitors. Check our Calendar for holiday schedules, days we may be closed for renovations, and days we may be open for special events.

Children's Museum Contact Info:
The Children's Museum
311 Main Street
Utica, NY 13511
Tel: 315-724-6129

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