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Join us in building a new place to play for the children of Central Maine

Why a New Museum?

Once upon a time there was a small, beloved children's museum in Augusta, Maine. For over 25 years, children and their families valued the Children's Discovery Museum as a fun place to play, learn, and grow together.

The museum was so loved by so many children and families that it needed to grow into something bigger and bolder, charting the path for a brighter future for this little museum and its community.

The museum team envisioned something unique and enrapturing, a place that would celebrate Central Maine, a place that would spark curiosity for tens of thousands of children and their families. 

In 2018, working with Field Magnet, a professional design firm, we began chipping away at the dream of a bigger and bolder museum. We bought a new big beautiful building in Waterville and while we fill some of its spaces with engaging programs and fun events, we are fabricating the museum exhibits, renovating this big old building, and continue to raise funds. 

That's where you come in. Can you help us create a much-needed space for families to gather and play in our community?


Ways of Giving

$1,000....................Gear on Donor Wall

$500........................Creative placement in Research Cabin

$250........................Bumpersticker in City Zone

$100.......................Graffit in City Zone


Learn more about each of these opportunities below.

Learn all about our campaign to create a New Place to Play here.

Sneak a peak at our brand-new state-of-the-arts Exhibits Hall design here!


Our interactive Donor Wall will be a series of interlocking and working gears.
A $1,000 or more
donation to the museum's campaign will be recognized on a gear on the Gears Donor Wall. The size of gear will be based on donation amount.

Will you add your name as a permanent fixture to our museum?

A staff member will contact you for details on what name/message you want to display on the gear as we get closer to opening day.


Become a Donor

Embed Your Name in the Exhibits Hall

We found some fun ways to incorporate donor names into graphic design elements within the exhibits.

Creative name placement in Research Cabin, like titles or authors of books on its bookshelf or naming a species in the specimens display
Name on a bumpersticker on a car in the Autoshop or on a tool box in the Hardware Store
Name in graffiti in the alleyway of the City Zone

A staff member will contact you for details on what name/message you want to display as we get closer to opening day.


Are you an individual looking to make an impact? The museum is always looking for volunteers for all kinds of jobs from new board members to helping set up chairs for events or assisting with programming. 

Are you a like-minded organization interested in partnering with us? The museum is proud of the strong local partnerships we've created with organizations like Waterville Creates, Alfond Youth & Community Center, Waterville Public Library, Downtown Augusta Alliance, Viles Arboretum, Colby College, and more.

Hit the button below to email us and share your interests!



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