The Providence Children?s Museum is the first and only learning center for children in Providence, Rhode Island. The center came into life during the mid 70?s after a few community leaders brainstormed of a center inspired from children?s museums in Boston and Brooklyn. Volunteers drew in numbers and worked to renovate the old Pitcher-Goff House and converted it into a museum. Other agencies pitched in to help through fund raising and other means. In 1977, the museum opened its doors to the children.
Years later, the museum felt a need to expand its space due to the large number of children that are being served each year. With the support from local government agencies and other civic societies, a 17,000 square foot factory building was purchased. The building was renovated and used as a learning center; however parts of the building that were left untouched due to its historical relevance. In 1997, a new headquarters was opened to cater more than a million visitors per year. The present museum now has interactive exhibits, updated its learning facilities and equipments, and provided more rooms for classes and important events.
The Providence Children?s Museum is open to school field trips, community group trips, camp outings, and excursions. There are several halls available for rentals for children?s functions and parties. Guided tours are also welcomed for district schools outside Rhode Island. Children may also take advantage of the special after-hours programs from the museum, such as Cub Scouts, Brownie Girl Scouts, and Junior Girl Scouts.
The local residents and out of town visitors can be part of the Providence Children?s Museum family donating money or by lending their time for the children. They can enroll in an internship or become a volunteer; and participate at any of the programs that the museum is currently holding.
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