Discovery Children's Museum
The DISCOVERY Museum & The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Public transit access||Yes|
The DISCOVERY Children's Museum (LDCM) is a 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m2) facility located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Formerly known as Lied Discovery Children museum, this three-story children’s museum is located adjacent to The Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas. "The mission of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is to provide a vibrant and engaging experience, through exhibits and programs, where children from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds participate in playful learning experiences that ignite a love of lifelong learning."
DISCOVERY Children’s Museum was formerly Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, which was founded by Robin Greenspun and Mark Tratos, who arranged a partnership between the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council founding a nonprofit educational institution in 1984. In 1985, a bond issued to authorize the building of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library and Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, which opened its doors on September 9, 1990.
In 2010 the museum announced plans to construct and occupy a new home and larger home in Symphony Park. The total for the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center project was $50 million. In August 2010, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation announced a gift to The Smith Center to pay for the completion of its block in Symphony Park. $43 million of that gift was used to build the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center. The museum raised the remaining $7 million needed to complete the project. The new museum opened on March 9, 2013.
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