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Happy New Year in a Very Happy New Museum Facility: A Message from Carla Precht

We had a fabulous end to 2022 with the opening of our new Museum space! We are finally able to welcome in visitors from all over. Thank you all for your ongoing support and good wishes. See more details below for a glimpse of the exciting times.  

 

As you’ve probably heard, I will be staying on as the Executive Director as the search for a new ED continues. I am happy to report that we have terrific plans for the new year with more exhibits opening, more visiting days, more special events and continued outreach programming. Whether it’s out in the Bronx or at our home base, we look forward to seeing you wherever you are, throughout the year ahead!

 

In community,

Carla Precht

Living the Dream: Bronx Children's Museum Facility Opens Its Doors to the Public

After 12 years in development, Bronx Children’s Museum has opened the doors of its new facility to the public. Woo-hoo! We can’t express how excited we are to finally welcome children, parents and caregivers into the brand new award-winning space and engage with them to play, explore, connect and soar.


It was quite a milestone. See the highlights below, read all about it on our website, or check out some of the coverage we received in the media.


New York Times | ABC 7 NY | CBS New York | Fox 5 NY | Mommy Poppins |

NY 1 News | NY 1 Noticias | PIX 11

The "first family" arrived right when the doors opened.

Playing in the Waterways.

Sonia Manzano ("Maria" from Sesame Street and creator of Alma's Way) reads "The Lowdown on the High Bridge" which she wrote for the Museum.

ABC Artist Charles George Esperanza leads visitors in a parade around the Museum.

Since opening our doors on December 3, the Museum has welcomed more than 1,300 visitors into our new home. Young visitors have given us rave reviews with some saying they don’t want to leave and others exclaiming, "I want to live here!” Caregivers are equally as excited about the space, saying "My kids had a great time! The Museum is absolutely beautiful, and its connection to the culture of the Bronx is so appreciated,” and “I wish I had a place like this when I was growing up."

OUR IMMENSE THANKS

Special thanks to the Mayor's Office, our elected officials (city, state and federal), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Design and Construction, NYC Parks, Bronx Children's Museum Board of Directors, Staff, Donors and our extensive community for all your steadfast support and dedication. Thank you especially to the children of the Bronx for inspiring us to dream big.

Three Times the Fun

We’re now open three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays! That means children and families will have more time to explore our Bronx-inspired exhibits, travel to new worlds through Storytime, pet the Museum’s friendly residents during Animal Encounters and so much more. We also have an exciting lineup of artists that will lead visitors in fun activities on Saturdays in the Wonder Room.

Plan your visit today!


  • Ticket reservations are available on the Museum's website.
  • While most Saturdays in January and February are already booked, you can reserve your tickets for Tuesdays and Thursdays which are less crowded days. Follow us on Instagram for announcements about the availability of additional blocks of tickets.
  • Admission continues to be FREE for a special limited time during our opening period thanks to our generous funders and contributors. 
  • Advance ticket reservations are required for all sessions.


Hours

  • Morning Session - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Artists At the Museum




Whichever day you choose to visit, you are sure to have a great time!

Bronx Children’s Museum Hosts Governor Hochul Press Conference 

Wanda Carter, Chief Operating Officer of the Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services; Senator Luis Sepúlveda, Assemblywoman Yudelka Tapia, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner, Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, NYC Council Deputy Speaker, District 8, Diana Ayala; and District Leader, 79th Assembly District, Lanita Jones stand with Governor Kathy Hochul after the press event at Bronx Children’s Museum. 

Executive Director Carla Precht presents a copy of Bronx Children's Museum's "The Lowdown on the High Bridge" by Sonia Manzano to Governor Hochul for her granddaughter.

Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference at Bronx Children’s Museum on Wednesday, January 11. Building upon her State of the State address, the governor highlighted a plan to make New York's child care system fairer, more affordable and easier to access. In addition to plans to streamline and centralize the child care application process, her proposals include expanding access to the system and providing assistance to families, workers and businesses to support New York's child care infrastructure.


Governor Hochul thanked Founding Executive Director Carla Precht, the Board and all who have had a hand in shaping BxCM. “Here at this museum, you stimulate the kids, you give them that refuge, you offer them a chance to find out who they are and just have fun,” said the Governor, who is the first mother to lead the state. “Thank you on behalf of all the people of New York for creating this spectacular space.”

Creating Flora & Fauna-Inspired Portraiture at Little Friends of the Museum

Little Friends of the Museum Afterschool Program is in full swing! Held on Wednesdays and Thursdays through the spring at Roberto Clemente State Park, students created mixed media collages that combine their portraits and photos of the flora and fauna found throughout the Bronx as their first project. Little Friends of the Museum participants learned collage techniques, as well as contemplated their place in nature. 

Funding provided in part by The Department of Cultural Affairs through a CASA grant from NYC Council Member Althea Stevens and New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

The Nature of the Bronx Kicks Off

in 15 Schools This Year

The Nature of the Bronx program begins this month! Running through June, the program partners with Bronx elementary schools and early education centers to serve students in grades 3K to 3rd grade. Students are led through STEAM-based lessons both in the classroom and out in nature that explore the waterways, animals and natural environment of the Bronx. 

Funding for Nature of the Bronx was provided in part by Con Edison, Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and TD Bank Foundation. Additional funding and support provided by New York City Council Members Althea Stevens, Kevin Riley, and Marjorie Velazquez, Verizon Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Catskill Watershed Education Grant, TD Charitable Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Field Trips to the Museum

Are you a Museum school partner and interested in bringing your class to the Museum? Field trips are now available for groups with pre-existing 2022-2023 program relationships.

Request a visit today

Museum Awarded 2022 Best of Design by

The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper (AN), a leading publication in the world of architects, designers and those interested in the built urban environment, has awarded Bronx Children’s Museum the 2022 Best of Design in the category of Interior-Institutional. AN’s Best of Design Awards celebrates outstanding built and unbuilt architectural projects in a range of categories, from cultural destinations to temporary installations.


Bronx Children’s Museum’s space was designed by O’Neill McVoy Architects and carried out by A Quest Corporation. The project was managed by NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for NYC Parks, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the Museum.

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Thank You for Playing It Forward

A huge thanks to all the generous donors - new and recurring - who contributed to our year-end crowdfunding goal. The Museum raised more than $135,000. Your financial contributions are supporting free admission during the Museum’s opening period and in-demand outreach programming throughout the Bronx.


Want to help maintain Bronx Children’s Museum’s ability to reach children and families? It’s not too late to contribute.


Play It Forward Today.

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Welcome Our Museum Guides!

Bronx Children's Museum is excited to welcome four Museum Guides to the BxCM team. Museum Guides (left to right) Jannie Richards, Samantha Ortiz and Joy Mahabir, as well as Lexi Rogers (not shown), are the friendly faces you'll see throughout the facility, as well as in the larger community. From early childhood education to museum work, they each bring a bevy of skills to this position. Welcome, Jannie, Samantha, Joy and Lexi!

Join Our Team

Would you like to become part of the team that will open the first children's museum in the Bronx this year? Bronx Children’s Museum is currently hiring for a number of positions including Associate Development DirectorFacilities Technician, HR Coordinator, Museum Guide, Office Manager & Finance Assistant, Security Officer and Teaching Artist. You can view all the listings and descriptions by clicking below. 

Job Opportunities

Bronx Children's Museum is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates, especially members of all underrepresented groups, to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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