Discovery Children's Museum

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Discovery Children's Museum
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts & DISCOVERY Children's Museum.jpg
Established 1984
Location Las Vegas, Nevada
Coordinates 36°10′8″N 115°9′9″W / 36.16889°N 115.15250°W / 36.16889; -115.15250Coordinates: 36°10′8″N 115°9′9″W / 36.16889°N 115.15250°W / 36.16889; -115.15250
Type Children's museum
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.[1] Formerly known as Lied Discovery Children museum, this three-story children’s museum is located adjacent to The Smith Center in Downtown Las Vegas.[1][2] "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."{{fact|date=April 2015}


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 Art Council founding a private, 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.[2][3]


In 2010 the museum announced plans to construct and occupy a new home and larger home in Symphony Park.[4] The total for the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center project was $50 million.[5] 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.[6] The new museum opened on March 9, 2013.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Discover Gr8 Museums: Discovery Children's Museum". 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Discovery Children's Museum". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Discovery Children's Museum History, Discovery Children's Museum, retrieved 10 March 2015 
  4. ^ Dostal, Erin (August 11, 2010). "Children's museum plans for Smith Center expansion". Las Vegas Sun. 
  5. ^ Symphony Park, retrieved 10 March 2015 
  6. ^ Taylor, Diane (March 13, 2013). "The Smith Center - A Year in the Arts: Children's museum offers illumination". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

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