Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum becomes the Discovery Museum
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum was a staple of my childhood. I often went there for field trips, birthday parties, community events and whenever I could convince my parents to take me. I like to go to Waryas Park sometimes to hang out, and it’s always such a joy to see the building. Now a new generation of children can fall in love with the building and the program as the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum changes its name to reach a wider audience and age range.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum becomes the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum
After 33 years in the Hudson Valley, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is launching a new era as the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum. The Discovery Museum seeks to educate and engage a wider range of children. In the past, the museum only offered exhibitions and offers for children up to 6 years old. As part of the rebranding, the Discovery Museum will now serve children up to 12 years old.
This Thursday, September 22, the Museum will host a private event to discuss the impact of the changes shaping the future of the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum. Executive Director Jeffrey Sasson will be joined by the Board of Trustees, Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison. They will speak with local school superintendents and principals from across the region as well as community leaders from business, tourism and philanthropy.
Jeffrey Sasson, newly appointed Executive Director, has made it his mission to build a new strategy around a revamped and expanded relationship with regional school districts that revolves around the Discovery Museum as a catalyst to strengthen the bond between its informal educational environment and the most formal learning that takes place daily in schools in the region.
“This is an important step for the Museum to become synonymous with educating our youth in the Hudson Valley and empowering them to become the best versions of themselves,” Sasson said. “This new brand and evolving positioning perfectly illustrates our growing ambition to serve children and their parents with the best possible experience and education.
The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum is the perfect destination for families with children up to 12 years old. The Discovery Museum’s exhibits and programs are aimed at early literacy, art, STEM, and the local community. They wish to provide an environment in which children have the opportunity to develop fundamental skills, participate in useful games and develop interpersonal bonds.
Among the new features will be the The science revealed! Exhibition, which will combine with a richer and more relevant STEM program. The science revealed!located on the second floor of the Museum, is a dynamic science gallery that creates meaningful and memorable engagement for families with children up to age 12. The exhibit consists of 17 hands-on, personalized science exhibits that invite visitors to experience whole-body physical activity. exploration of movement, air, forces, fluids and magnetism.
A key driver of growth along the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a major grant that was recently awarded. Future plans call for the pavilion to be a closed, year-round facility that will also house a commercial kitchen for cooking demonstrations and classes aimed at preparing healthy and creative nutritious meals.
The museum is located in the heart of the historic Hudson River waterfront in Poughkeepsie, near Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Waryas Park, just steps from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North and Amtrak stations. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for hours, admission, membership and more information.