Who We Are
We Inspire Children to... Play. Learn. Imagine. Create.
The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution, which meets the needs of all children in our multicultural community. The museum offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. MCM encourages visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine, and create together.”
Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. To achieve its mission, the Museum builds unique collaborations and pursues strategies that welcome all families to participate in the MCM learning community. As a multi-dimensional resource, the Museum offers exhibits, programs and services that take an interactive approach to promote continual learning.
Miami Children’s Museum will be recognized as the premier institution serving young children and their families, while inspiring them to learn about themselves and the culturally diverse community in which we live in through the arts, literacy, and early childhood education.
Miami Children’s Museum was established in 1983 as the Miami Youth Museum. In 1985, the 2,000 square foot Miami Youth Museum opened in a facility located in a shopping center in West Kendall. Visitor numbers stood at 9,301. Within a year the Museum expanded to a 4,000 square foot facility in South Miami’s Bakery Center. In 1996, due to a pending demolition of the Bakery Center, the Museum was forced to move temporarily to the Miracle Center. In 2003, Miami Children’s Museum opened in a new 56,500 square foot facility on Watson Island, near Downtown Miami. Today, we are recognized as one of the 10 largest children’s museums in the country and the only children’s museum in Miami-Dade County.
Our Institutional Goals
Establish MCM as a primary center for school readiness and educational enrichment and entertainment of all children and their caregivers. Build alliances with families, educators, community organizations and promotional partners to meet the developmental needs of all children in our community.
Our 56,500 square foot facility is located on Watson Island. It was designed by Arquitectonica International Inc., an award-winning Miami-based architecture and design firm. The building, for and about children, represents the elements of the world; earth, wind, water and fire. Our facility includes 14 galleries, a pre-school, a charter school, the KidSmart educational gift shop, a 200-seat auditorium, and a Subway restaurant.