Have you heard?
The Children’s Discovery Museum is relocating to Waterville, Maine in 2019!
Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) is transitioning from a 4,000 square foot Augusta location to a retrofitted 10,000+ square foot exhibit hall in downtown Waterville. The new museum will be located at 21 College Avenue, the former American Legion building.
What we love about the new location:
- just 25 minutes up the highway from current location;
- over 10,000 square feet of exhibit space;
- separate spaces for parties and activities;
- high ceilings allow for double-decker exhibits;
- big windows bring in natural light;
- lots of parking; and
- walkable to downtown shops, eateries, waterfront, and other family fun!
New Exhibits – a mini Maine
Only a few favorite elements of the current museum will make their way north. Otherwise, we’re starting fresh and when you visit our new location in 2019 you’ll find brand new exhibits! The new CDM exhibit hall will explore Maine from the city to the sea with a Main Street full of pint-sized shops and a rural zone featuring a digitally projected interactive river and a research cabin, among other nature-themed exhibits.
While providing an elaborate opportunity for learning through play, this theme will additionally deepen local children’s understanding of their home while also educating visitors from away about the beauty, history, and culture of Central Maine. For instance, a major exhibit area will be The Mill, built to resemble historic Maine mills with activities related to textile, paper, and shoe fabrication while also incorporating 21st century science, technology, engineering, art, and math (or STEAM) skills.
The CDM has been a key educational resource for Central Maine families since the early 1990s. Over the years, CDM has provided hundreds of thousands of children and their families with an opportunity to play and learn together. The current location and subsequent business model are, however, limiting in ways that do not maximize the Museum’s potential to serve Central Maine families.
After careful consideration of how to best grow the Museum, it was decided that a larger space is needed for new and expanded exhibits and programming. Waterville, with a growing arts community, emphasis on collaboration and a vibrant walkable downtown, is the perfect location for the museum to thrive. In this new, bigger space, CDM will better serve central Maine youth.
The Children’s Discovery Museum is currently raising the funds needed to keep the gears turning as we move forward with the building design and new museum planning and promotion. Your contribution now is the seed that will become Waterville’s new downtown children’s museum! Thank you.