Imagine Children's Museum

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Imagine Children's Museum
Established1991
Location1502 Wall Street
Everett, Washington
Coordinates47°58′39.2″N 122°12′34.5″W / 47.977556°N 122.209583°W / 47.977556; -122.209583
TypeChildren's museum
Websitewww.imaginecm.org

The Imagine Children's Museum is a non-profit children's museum located in Everett, Washington, near Seattle.

History[edit]

The museum was founded in 1991 as the Children's Museum of Snohomish County, as part of a countywide initiative to establish children-oriented places in Snohomish County by the county government's Children's Commission. It opened in 1993 at a storefront in nearby Marysville,[1] but was forced to move to a temporary space in downtown Everett in 1995.[2] The county government planned to locate the museum permanently at McCollum County Park in Mill Creek, but plans fell through during the late 1990s, leading to a donation by the Schack family to fund a permanent museum in downtown Everett.[3]

The new $4.75 million museum, a former Everett Mutual Bank branch with 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of space, opened on October 17, 2004, and was renamed the Imagine Children's Museum.[4][5][6] In its first year at the expanded location, the museum reported an attendance of 146,000, more than quadruple its annual attendance at its temporary locations.[7]

Exhibits and programs[edit]

The Imagine Children's Museum is designed as an activity center for children between the ages of one and twelve years, with over 20 exhibits.[8] Some of the exhibits are reflective of life in Snohomish County, including a child-sized airplane cockpit, a bus donated by Everett Transit, and a theater stage.[9] The museum's rooftop was converted into an outdoor playground in 2005, including a two-story wooden tower, climbing wall and other play areas.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Diane (September 23, 1993). "Children's place: years of dedicated effort pay off as kids' museum finds a home". The Seattle Times. p. 1.
  2. ^ Ochoa, Rachel (October 6, 1995). "Children's museum to reopen in Everett". The Seattle Times. p. B3. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ de Leon, John (December 8, 2000). "Museum finally gets a home". The Seattle Times. p. B5.
  4. ^ Dunnewind, Stephanie (October 16, 2004). "Exploring children's museums: They educate and stimulate; they're expanding, and more are opening". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Lloyd, Jennifer (August 1, 2004). "Museum closes, new one to open: Everett facility for kids is moving". The Seattle Times. p. B2.
  6. ^ Tuinstra, Rachel (October 13, 2004). "Child's play: Imagine, a kids museum". The Seattle Times. p. H20. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Dunnewind, Stephanie (October 8, 2005). ""Awesome" addition to Imagine Children's Museum". The Seattle Times. p. C1. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Goffredo, Theresa (October 7, 2012). "Imagine Children's Museum adds new exhibits". The Everett Herald. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Yefimova, Katya (March 16, 2010). "Imagine Children's Museum welcomes its millionth visitor". The Everett Herald. Retrieved April 7, 2017.

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