Marian King, CEO
Rosemary Kenerly, Board Chair
To engage all children and families in hands-on, fun learning experiences which contribute to their growth and development through play, creation, outdoor exploration and STEM experiences.
The 37,000-square-foot facility in downtown Greensboro includes more than 20 permanent exhibitions exploring an “Our Town” theme. Placed along “Main Street,” the interrelated environments include a market, doctor’s office, theater and a pizza parlor. While visiting these exhibits, children explore a parallel world of real-life activities, tasks, jobs, travel and creativity. The “Our Town” theme was developed as part of the Museum’s opening. Over the years, GCM’s exhibits have expanded to include outdoor exploration and STEM activities.
GCM offers an active schedule of programs designed to provide enriching educational experiences for children of all ages. All programs are themed around science, technology, art, music, dance, food, and gardening. Pop-up programs are free with admission and give visiting families an opportunity to engage in a short-term structured activity. Paid programs offer in-depth exploration of a topic and is led by experienced educators.
The Edible Schoolyard
In September 2009, Food Activist and Chef Alice Waters came to Greensboro to open The Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum, a hands-on, half-acre organic teaching garden and kitchen classroom. Since its grand opening in May 2010, The Edible Schoolyard has been a destination for children, families and teaching to learn about growing, cooking and sharing fresh, delicious food. With an ecosystem of plants and animals, the garden features vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as chickens, worms and insects.
The Greensboro Children’s Museum is located in the cultural district of downtown Greensboro, directly across the street from the Greensboro Public Library and a block from the Greensboro Historical Museum.