Miami Children’s Museum 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 and our community. Miami Children’s Museum 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 through play and enabling children to realize their highest potential.
It is our vision to be recognized as a premier institution serving children and their families while inspiring children to learn about themselves and the culturally diverse community we live in through art, science, literacy and early childhood education.
Establish Miami Children’s Museum as a primary center for school readiness, educational enrichment and entertainment for 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 17 galleries, a preschool (ages 12 months – 5 years), a charter school (kindergarten – 5th grade), the KidSmart educational gift shop, a 200-seat auditorium, and a Subway restaurant.
Michimu is our loveable mascot. Michimu spends time at birthday parties, events at the Museum and other fun events around the community. Michimu's very own birthday party is held every September at the Museum for all to enjoy!
MiChiMu's shapes and colors have specific meanings:
Michimu is a symbol of the curios questioning mind of a child and the excitement that goes with lifelong learning at the Museum! His eye is always looking and exploring the world around him. The exclamation point means excitement, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. The spiral or maze means discovery and wonder. The circular shape of his head signifies the world as united. The colors represent Miami: BLUE is for the ocean and beaches surrounding us, RED is for heat and excitement, GREEN is for movement and tribute to our commitment to a healthy environment in and out of the Museum.
Miami Children’s Museum strives to:
· Create a caring, inclusive, and united community, making each child and their family feel welcome.
· Embrace and value differences: ethnicity, national origin, religious denomination, spiritual practice, race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic level, and cognitive and physical ability in all persons.
· Respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, believing everyone is unique.
· Model diversity and inclusion with our board of directors, in our hiring practices, and with our programming.