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Mission Statement and History

Children’s Museums are the fastest growing type of museum in the country and are unique among museums for the large number of interactive exhibits and educational programming presented to visitors. Visitors engage in hands-on experiences that inspire a curiosity for learning.

In 1987, a group of inspired citizens presented the idea of a children’s museum to Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler and future Mayor Pam Miller. With the assistance of Lord Cultural Resources, a consulting firm in Toronto, the city began serious planning for the Lexington Children’s Museum. The site selection committee considered several sites and chose the current location in Victorian Square. Since first opening its doors in 1990 the Museum has hosted over a million visitors.

Renamed Explorium of Lexington in 2005, the facility is a success with both children and adults. Attendance averages 85,000 visitors annually, and we serve an additional 10,000 with outreach activities in the community. Explorium serves a much broader area than just Fayette County. We have hosted guests from over 90 different Kentucky counties, most states, and even other countries.

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Explorium focusing on enhancing growth and increasing awareness in the community of this great family learning environment.  To further those efforts the current Mission Statement was adopted:

Explorium of Lexington creates a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity.
  
Many new permanent exhibits have been installed recently, including:

  • Animal Hospital - learn what it means to be a Veterinarian 
  • Get Fit - an interactive wall where the projected game responds to your movement


A middle-school student enjoys Bubble Zone during a school field trip.

Exhibit development is supported by private donations and grants.

As the exhibits and outreach have grown, we have started and expanded some exciting programs. Our annual Museum Go Round features more than 100 artists under the age of 18 exhibiting and selling their work; entering its seventh year, attendance has exceeded 3,000 people.  We host overnight programs with the Wilderness Road Girl Scouts each year. Summer camps teach science, art and culture to middle-school children. Adults attend parenting classes throughout the year, and they can find parent resources in the Wonder Woods early childhood exhibit.

Explorium’s fundraising efforts raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from corporations, foundations, grants, and individual community members. Before the October 2002 death of Lucille Caudill Little, Explorium received a commitment of $250,000 from her estate as a Traveling Exhibits Endowment Fund. The earnings from this endowment have increased our capacity to rent exhibits from major children’s museums in the United States; as a result, we have expanded our capacity for annual traveling exhibits from one to three.

January 2005 brought more exciting change with our new name, Explorium of Lexington. This new name and image will spur continued growth and a broader audience for the organization’s work, recognizing the wide age range of interest we attract to our interactive, hands-on learning environment. We invite you to join us in the coming year to participate in the exciting work ahead


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Fri Aug 01
Win a week of half-day camp! - 08:30 AM
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Carnival Mania
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Sat Aug 02
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturday: Fair Kingdom
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Feed the Birds
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discover: Shark Weekend
Sun Aug 03
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Shark Weekend
Mon Aug 04
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Tue Aug 05
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Exploreres: Let it Roll
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Aug 06
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: S is for Science- Bouncy Balls
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Aug 07
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini Da Vinci’s: Racing Rockets
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Aug 08
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Going Scootin'
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
6:00 PM-10:00 PM Parent's Night Out
Sat Aug 09
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturday: Personal Pinatas
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Paper Folding
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: 3D Designs
Sun Aug 10
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: 3D Designs
Mon Aug 11
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Tue Aug 12
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Sensory Bags
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Aug 13
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: M is for Math-Neat Numbers
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Aug 14
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini Da Vinci’s: Bird Watching
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Aug 15
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Museum Scavenger Hunt
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Sat Aug 16
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturday: Summer Sandcastles
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Imagination Station: Faux Stained Glass
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Barnyard Babies
Sun Aug 17
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Barnyard Babies
Mon Aug 18
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Tue Aug 19
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Water Painting
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Aug 20
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: A is for Art-Garden Rock Creatures
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Aug 21
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini Da Vinci’s: Groovy Guitars
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Aug 22
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Sports Galore
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
6:00 PM-10:00 PM Parent's Night Out
Sat Aug 23
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturday: Build-A-Clock
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Erupting Kool-Aid Paint
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Sun Aug 24
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Mon Aug 25
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Tue Aug 26
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Exploreres: Spaghetti Play
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Aug 27
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: S is for Social Studies-Landforms
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Aug 28
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini Da Vinci’s: Painting with Cookie Cutters
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Aug 29
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Catch the Movement Fever
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Sat Aug 30
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturday: Jello Playdough
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Sidewalk Chalk
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Incred-a-dough
Sun Aug 31
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Incred-a-dough
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