News & Updates

WE’RE READY TO REOPEN!

Friday, August 28, 2020

An update to the Phase 3 Guidelines for Virginia mean that we’re now able to open!!! And, we can’t wait to see you!

We’re excited to reopen with an 18’ tire climber and CarMax exhibit at CMoR Chesterfield, a new outdoor iSpy and new Bright exhibit at CMoR Downtown, plus so many additional great new ways to play!

Guests over the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask, new procedures have been put in place to allow for social distancing (including new hours & timed tickets), and additional cleaning protocols have been implemented.

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Charting a New Course for the Children’s Museum

Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Children’s Museum of Richmond has a new playbook during the COVID-19 global pandemic. While other local museums have already reopened, the Children’s Museum has remained closed since mid-March per state guidelines prohibiting interactive exhibits.

Awaiting official reopening, the Children’s Museum has continued its learning through play mission with initiatives that include: growing its virtual programming through online field trips; introducing limited-size, on-site experiences like birthday parties; strengthening the organization’s overall viability by closing its Short Pump satellite; and augmenting existing member benefits with a new app.

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Phase III Updates

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Children’s Museum remains closed to the public at this time. While Phase III does allow for museums to be open, the state’s guidelines include instructions that museums should remove or deactivate shared objects and interactive exhibits.  The Children’s Museum experience is interactive in nature, so the Museum must remain closed until the Governor and State permit. We will update our website and social media as soon as we have a reopening date.

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Fredericksburg Location Closes Permanently

Monday, June 1, 2020

Today, we announced a very difficult decision that has been made to close the Fredericksburg location of the Children’s Museum, effective immediately, as a cost-cutting measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Operations & Preparedness FAQ

Last Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:20pm

The Children’s Museum has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19, the coronavirus, and its impact on our community.

We want to give our members, guests, volunteers, and partners an update on what we are doing to ensure that the experience at the museum is safe, healthy, exciting, and filled with learning through play. We follow museum industry best practices for cleaning and disinfecting all of our public spaces…

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COVID-19 Preparedness Statement

March 12, 2020

Like many of you, the Children’s Museum has been monitoring the situation with COVID-19, the coronavirus, and its impact on our community.

I wanted to give all of our members, guests, volunteers, and partners an update on what we are doing to ensure that the experience at the museum is safe, healthy, exciting, and filled with learning through play. We follow museum industry best practices for cleaning and disinfecting all of our public spaces.

In addition, here are some of the steps we have taken…

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Children’s Museum Announces Change in Leadership

November 7, 2019

The Children’s Museum president and CEO Shannon Venable, who announced in May her plans to retire by the end of the year, will officially step down next month, with Danielle Ripperton joining the organization as president and CEO on December 2, 2019, after an extensive search by the Board of Trustees launched in June.


Just Joan: Artist Nastassja Swift Brings Wool to Life at the Children’s Museum

November 4, 2019 – Richmond Family Magazine

Coming back to Richmond was a homecoming of sorts for visual artist Nastassja Swift. The Virginia Commonwealth University alum is currently creative in residence at the Children’s Museum, spending many of her days crafting a one-of-a-kind sculpture for the museum.  Read More.