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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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Tue Sep 09
6:53 PM-6:53 PM event.2014-09-09.8066069330
Wed Sep 10
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: H is for Health-A Better Me Bingo
Thu Sep 11
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Super Snappy
Fri Sep 12
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leapin' Littles: Balloon Party
Sat Sep 13
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: Inertia, Gravity, Momentum...Oh My!
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Marble Challenge
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Bubble Poppin Prints
Sun Sep 14
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Bubble Poppin Prints
Tue Sep 16
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Tape Art
Wed Sep 17
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: S is for Science - Lava Lamps
Thu Sep 18
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Salt Art
Fri Sep 19
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leapin' Littles: Animal Movement
6:00 PM-10:00 PM Parent's Night Out
Sat Sep 20
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: Kit Creator
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Brain Vs. Body
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Metallic Fish
Sun Sep 21
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Metallic Fish
Tue Sep 23
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Music and Movement
Wed Sep 24
10:30 AM-11:00 AM SMASH Club: M is for Math - Race to a Dollar
Thu Sep 25
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Crazy Corkboard
Fri Sep 26
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leapin' Littles: Toss and Turn
Sat Sep 27
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: Master Magician
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Mystery Dough
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Fall into Fall
Sun Sep 28
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Fall into Fall
Tue Sep 30
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Rainbow City
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