• Our Museum

  • Built for Lifelong Learning

    Did you know that play is vital to children’s social and emotional growth? It contributes to fine and gross motor skill development and body awareness.* As PBS’s Mr. Rogers explained, “Play is really the work of childhood.”
  • Our Mission

    As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MMCM’s mission is to provide a hands-on, “Play and Learn” environment that engages and motivates children to use their curiosity and creativity to learn about the wonders of our world.

    • Play for all: From adaptive play tools to financial assistance programs, we aim to minimize barriers to play so all children and their families can experience our safe, interactive play-and-learn environment.

  • Our History

    The vision and planning for our museum was 10 years in the making. In August 1999, our visionaries spoke about creating a place that would be a source of extended learning for children and parents in our community. They recognized the need for hands on play and emphasized the importance of creating a space where children could touch and feel history and culture and highlight our community’s character and events. In 2000, we officially received the keys to a 16,000 square foot building that formerly housed a Garber Buick car dealership and when funds were fully raised in 2007, developers broke ground for construction. 

    We opened our doors to the public in June 2008. Our bright, friendly building was planned, designed, and built just for kids! Each of our eleven galleries has been developed around school curriculum with input from children’s museum specialists, educators, and kids themselves. From wet water exploration to fast-paced automotive adventures, we are excited for children birth to 10 years old and their caregivers to explore our hands-on museum. We also have classrooms for field trips, meetings, special events, birthday parties, and more. While you’re here you can also visit The Tinkery Gift Shop and explore fun, educational toys that give you a slice of the museum right at home. 

    We are privileged to serve a diverse community and excited for what the future will bring! MMCM provides a nontraditional museum environment; by providing hands-on learning experiences, retention in developing minds is heightened. Our interactive museum was designed to inspire future artists, scientists, engineers and community leaders through the magic of play.

  • Funding

    As a nonprofit organization, the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum relies on private support and donations to provide hands-on learning experiences for families of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Our funding comes through admissions, special program revenue, and charitable donations. MMCM is so grateful for the support of our corporate and foundation supporters, friends, members, and museum visitors. Please consider joining our efforts by making a tax deductible gift today and bring the power of play to every member in our community. Click here to view our complete list of 2019 donors

    *Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning Preschool Through Fourth Grade, by J.P. Isenberg, M. R. Jalongo, 2006 edition, p. 53-55