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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 Dec 02
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Magical Music
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Dec 03
10:30 AM-11:00 AM S.M.A.S.H. Club: M is for Math
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Dec 04
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Pointillism
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Dec 05
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: Puzzle Hunt
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Sat Dec 06
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: Wintery Forest
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Sensory Exploration
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery
Sun Dec 07
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery
Tue Dec 09
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Felt Board Play
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Dec 10
10:30 AM-11:00 AM S.M.A.S.H. Club: A is for Art
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Dec 11
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Picasso Faces
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Dec 12
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's:Marvelous Music
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
6:00 PM-10:00 PM Parent's Night Out
Sat Dec 13
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Holidays Around the World
Sun Dec 14
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Holiday Fun
Tue Dec 16
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Finger Painting
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Dec 17
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Thu Dec 18
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Mini da Vincis: Materful Matisse
10:30 AM-11:00 AM S.M.A.S.H. Club: S is for Social Studies
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Dec 19
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's: K is for Kick
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Sat Dec 20
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: Holiday Bakery
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: Gingerbread People
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery:Never Ending Snowballs
Sun Dec 21
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Never Ending Snowballs
Tue Dec 23
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Super Sorting
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Dec 24
10:30 AM-11:00 AM S.M.A.S.H. Club: H is for Health
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Fri Dec 26
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Leaping Little's:Balancing Yogis
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
6:00 PM-10:00 PM Parent's Night Out
Sat Dec 27
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Super Saturdays: New Year’s Kit Creator
11:00 AM-12:00 AM Future Vet
12:30 AM-2:00 PM Imagination Station: New Year Novelty
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Party Time!
Sun Dec 28
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad Discovery: Party Time!
Tue Dec 30
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Baby Explorers: Sensory Play
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
Wed Dec 31
10:30 AM-11:00 AM S.M.A.S.H. Club: S is for Science
11:00 AM-2:00 PM New Year's Noon
1:00 PM-5:00 PM Sketch Pad
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