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The children museum of Oak Ridge, more than an ordinary museum

The children’s museum was conceived in 1973 as a Girl Scout project by Troop 69 and its leader, Joyce Maienschein. The Museum was formally opened on March 11, 1973 in the library of the former Jefferson Junior High School in 2,000 sqft of space and later moved to the former Highland View Elementary School in January 1974. The museum purchased the building and land from the city of Oak Ridge in 1983 and now operates in 54,000 sqft with exhibits, classes and programs for all ages.


Children museum of Oak Ridge entry building

The principal mission of the museum is to provide educational programs and exhibits with an emphasis on play and hands-on learning for all ages and backgrounds in the arts, environmental studies, history and the world cultures that inspire, enrich and improve the lives of East Tennessee children and their families and to collect and preserve artifacts that support the Museum’s educational goals.


Children learn about food growth and agriculture...


As well as the cycle of water

The city of Oak Ridge population is around 30,000 people, thus the museum plays more than an ordinary museum, with a limited budget. The museum is supported by local organizations. It host educational program for children from low-income citizens in the city, as well as playground, providing outdoor activities for all children come from the region.


The story keeper of the city

As a city story-keeper, the children museum of Oak Ridge exhibits its artifacts on “Difficult decisions” and “Manhattan project” from the period and help tell story of Oak Ridge to all visitors. I am impressed by the museum effort to be part of the history of this secret city during the World War II, and to provide all children an educational program to understand deeply about agriculture, nature, and history.

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