Harrisonburg Children's Museum

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

It made its way to different businesses offering activities in science and art for valley families. A fund raising campaign and building cost estimates are the first steps the museum is taking to a permanent location. Museum members are hoping downtown could be the place.

Museum committee member Brian Shull says, "I think it would be a nice fit with downtown revitalization efforts and be a real drawing for the downtown and we (want to) be a part of that."

But it will ultimately take a large sum of money to make that dream happen for the non-profit organization

Brian Shull continues, "We feel the demand is very strong to go ahead and try to find a permanent home for this facility to offer these types of exhibits year round."

Parents say they support the museum because it allows kids to have fun and learn at the same time.

Parent Steve Reich says, "I think it would just add to the educational and cultural life of the city."

The museum will need to see more contributions like the $20,000 donation made by AIG Baker in July. Members say public support is the only way this project will get off the ground.

Shull says, "We think it's something where we've offering opportunities for children for families. We've had grandparents. We've had business leaders come out and say this is a wonderful thing and please keep it going and (want to) make that offering."

For now, the museum is working on finishing its summer tour, which has seen thousands of children at each of the different sites. It will then zero in on affordable locations in the downtown area.

The final celebration for the museum will take place this Saturday from 10:30 to 12:30 at EMU's Lehman Auditorium.


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