Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
|Location||75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY|
|Public transit access||Poughkeepsie, Metro-North Hudson Line|
Recipient of the 2015 Dutchess Tourism Family Entertainment Award of Distinction and the 2015 United Way Non-Profit Spotlight Award, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, early STEM, health and the local community, the museum welcomes over 55,000 visitors each year and provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections.
MISSION: To empower young children and their families.
VISION: A community in which each and every child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth
MHCM is the ONLY children’s museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. In February 2016 MHCM opened The Science Center @ MHCM to advance early STEM education. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park.
MHCM has three areas of programmatic focus that direct its work in exhibits and educational programs: school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building. The museum is dedicated to engaging and serving a diverse audience of families from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and of all abilities and needs through special admission and membership programs.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and its staff have been recognized with several major awards in the areas of leadership, community impact, and family engagement:
- 2015 ATHENA Leadership Award by the Chamber Foundation, Inc.
- 2015 Headliner Award for Leadership in Community and Organization by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
- 2015 Family Entertainment Award of Distinction by Dutchess Tourism
- 2015 Non-Profit Spotlight Award by the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).
HISTORY. Founded in 1989 by a group of individuals in Poughkeepsie who believed that children in the Hudson Valley should have access to an innovative learning environment, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum operated in donated spaces in the City of Poughkeepsie and then in the South Hills Mall for many years. In 2002, it moved to its current home at 75 North Water Street. The building is an historic mid-19th century industrial brick building that formerly housed Innis Dye Works.
The board of directors of MHCM is composed of business professionals who are passionate volunteers committed to creating a world-class museum for the community. The museum’s current staff consists twelve employees. In fall 2012, the museum hired Lara Litchfield-Kimber as its new Executive Director. Since her arrival, the new executive director has worked with board, staff and community members to redefine the museum’s strategic vision and to plan by identifying three strategic areas of focus: school readiness, health and wellness, and community building.
- "Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 2007 Annual Report" (PDF).
- Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Nov 2012 Strategic Plan Summary.