• I really enjoyed the cave. I liked being a producer. My group made a clock, a frisbee, a hat, and a necklace.

    – Catharine Clamcy
  • I would like to tell you thank you for our economics lesson during the field trip at the museum.

    – Anaya Holmes
  • The most things I liked was the cave and I liked the news studio.
    It made me feel like I was a real adult.

    – Shajuan MacDonald
Seymour the Dinosaur
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2018 Impact Report

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2016 Impact Report

2014 Impact Report

2013 Impact Report

2012 Impact Report

2011 Impact Report

2010 Impact Report 

About Us

The mission of the Children’s Museum is to inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.

Our History

The Children's Museum made its debut as the Richmond Children’s Museum in 1977.

An arrangement was made with the City of Richmond School Board for the Museum to lease the multi-purpose Navy Hill School building in downtown Richmond.

In 1981, the Museum opened to the public with its premiere exhibit, Boxes, Blocks, and Blueprints. For the next 18 years, the Children's Museum welcomed children in to its small but heroic 8,100 square foot building. Then, in the year 2000, the Children’s Museum opened its new 44,000 square foot facility on West Broad Street.

Our Mission

We inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.

Our Vision

The Children’s Museum will foster a community that recognizes and appreciates that children grow and learn through play.

Our Values

We value learning.


  • We have respect for all children and their amazing abilities.
  • We are passionate about the process of learning and the importance of play.
  • We want to inspire their creativity, curiosity, and exploration.

Our People

  • We surround ourselves with trustworthy people who thrive on a team and share our energy, passion, creativity, and optimism.
  • We learn by listening to children, families, teachers, and others who support them.


  • We seek partnerships and collaborations that benefit young children.
  • We celebrate our community’s diversity and offer a safe place for all children to interact, play, and learn.