With support from the community, the museum provides exhibits, programs and events that motivate young children to develop more complex learning – a process that not only benefits them and their own families, but all of us. The Children's Museum's Board of Trustees works especially hard to insure that museum experiences are possible for children who don’t typically have opportunities beyond their schools for hands-on learning, literacy development and art.
The Children’s Museum receives no direct federal or state funding. The museum relies on gifts from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations to serve more than 400,000 visitors each year. In fact, just over 25% of the cost of operating the museum last year was provided through gifts from 300 individuals and nearly 100 other organizations throughout Central Virginia.