Discovery museum

Exclusive preview of the progress of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert reimagining

The temporary closure of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert in Rancho Mirage in December 2020 has left Coachella Valley families wondering when the beloved museum will reopen.

The space known for its interactive luminaries and hands-on learning exhibits closed at the time, due to lack of revenue caused by reduced admissions amid COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Museum CEO Cindy Burreson said she decided to use this time and keep it closed to pursue a bold reimagining project.

Cindy Burreson, CEO Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

News Channel 3 got an exclusive look at construction progress so far, which will result in 40 new exhibits, Burreson said.

Burreson, raised funds and obtained grants to help defray the costs of the project. She said that so far the museum has been halfway to its $3 million goal, but still needs financial support from community members to ensure the museum can reopen tentatively at the end of the year. year or early next year.

The new exhibits will be presented in six different sections of the museum: Imagine, Move, Express, Experiment, Dream and Explore.

Burreson said these exhibits will continue to reach the youngest children in our communities up to age 8.

While she’s still fine-tuning the details of the new programming that will be offered at the museum, Burreson said much of it will focus on the needs of older children.

“It will be things like life skills classes and things that are maybe a little bit more technologically advanced,” Burreson explained.

Not only is the museum adding new exhibits meant to expand children’s learning in a fun and interactive way, it’s also repurposing some old fan favorites.

The pizzeria will return and the grocery store will soon be featured as a farmers market to highlight the agricultural history of the Coachella Valley.

As for the timing of when the museum will welcome families back, that depends on several factors.

“We hope to reopen by the end of the year or early next year, of course it all depends on the support and fundraising efforts of our community,” Burreson said.

Anyone interested in donating can visit the museum’s website for more details on how you can contribute.

Write your family or business name on a “pencil” surrounding the museum courtyard with a $15,000 donation. Labels are displayed for 4 years with the possibility of renewal.

Stick with News Channel 3 for continued coverage of construction progress at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert.

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