Street Address
1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
Mailing Address
1500 Binz
Houston, TX 77004
phone: 713-522-1138
fax: 713-522-5747
e-mail: mail@cmhouston.org
web: www.cmhouston.org
Hours
Open select Mondays and seven days a week Memorial Day – Labor Day.
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday12 PM - 6 PM
Admissions
$8 per person
$7 for seniors 65 years and older and for Members of the Military
FREE for children under one and Museum Members
Free Family Nights;offered Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Tammie Kahn, Executive Director
phone: 713-522-1138 x211
Rita Villanueva, Director of Human Resources
phone: 713-522-1138 x203
Cheryl McCallum, Director of Education
phone: 713-522-1138 x220
Henry Yau, Public Relations Director
Melissa Garlington, Director of Development
phone: 713-522-1138 x218
Mallory Rissmiller, Controller
Alexandra Vasquez, Director of Business Development
phone: 713-522-1138 x204
Connie Schnupp, Director of Retail Operations
phone: 713-522-1158 x271
Melissa Denman, PR Associate
Wendy Coats, Associate Director of Development
phone: 713-522-1138 x216

Description

A Playground for your Mind!™ The Children’s Museum of Houston is packed with 90,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits. Build robots in Invention Convention; anchor the news; run a business; get elected as mayor in Kidtropolis, USA; explore nanotechnology in Matter Factory; portal through a mathematical quest in Cyberchase: The Chase Is On!, based on the PBS cartoon; take a wet, wild adventure in FlowWorks; and climb a three-story tower in PowerPlay.

Mission

Transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning.

History

“America’s No. 1 Best Children’s Museum” by Parents magazine, winner of Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks “Best Museum in Houston 2009 & 2010,” Click2Houston’s Best “Best Museum 2010,” the Children’s Museum of Houston is a Citysearch.com’s nationwide 5-star children’s museum. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 850,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies. The Museum operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors.

Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 850,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies. The Museum operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors.

In 2005, the Museum launched its Take Another Giant Step Capital Campaign to fund the doubling of the Museum’s exhibition space, the expansion of the Museum’s outreach programs and the formal launch of the Museum’s Institute for Family Learning. On March 14, 2009, the Museum opened its doors to a new building addition featuring more than 39,000 square feet of new exhibition space, including seven new, permanent exhibits: Cyberchase – The Chase Is On!, based on the award-winning PBS KIDS GO! animated series; Invention Convention; PowerPlay, FlowWorks, Kidtropolis, U.S.A. and a new TotSpot.

Artifacts Collections

CMH has no permanent collections, since the museum considers most of its collections as "consumable." The collection consists of 5,000 educational pieces, 98% of which is used in hands-on activities. The collection objects that are utilized in conjunction with certain exhibitions, are invariably consumed in the process. These objects include cultural objects from different regions (i.e. Mexico, Taiwan) and a large toy collection for infants to adults that includes puppets, games, stuffed animals, and toy household items.

Educational Programs

After school program,School tours,Resource guides for teachers, Educational workshops/ programs,Demonstrations/activities in the gallery Workshops for children,Summer school,Performances,Music,Theater,Dance,Storytelling Artist-in-residence,Festivals

In addition to providing an informal learning center for children, the museum serves families through classes that encourage interaction among family members. CMH also serves educators and schools through regularly scheduled seminars and structured field trips.

    Facilities

    Auditoriums

    Lecture Halls

    Performance Areas

    Governance

    The Museum operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Parents now have a complete, cutting-edge and comfortable place to turn for all their parenting questions and concerns. The Children's Museum of Houston, together with the Houston Public Library, opened the Parent Resource Library, the first of its kind in the country, in the Children's Museum in the spring of 1999. Since then, nearly 1,000 visitors a week have used the library, checking out books, thumbing through resources and printing information off the internet while their children read children's books or play with educational toys right alongside them. The library's unique design enables the parents, educators and even doctors who are looking for information to find what they need on shelves waist-high and up, checking out the materials with a Houston Public Library card, while children's materials keep the younger minds busy on the lower shelves. By arming parents and caregivers with information, the library aims to help parents identify challenges early in their children's life and take the appropriate action. Research indicates that the first three years of a child's life are critical to development. The Children's Museum has continually offered programs and activities for young children to make those years as enriched as possible, as well as lecture series to educate new parents. The Parent Resource Library was the most logical next step in becoming a complete resource for parents on all early childhood issues and concerns. Materials in the library cover everything from potty training, cultural issues and discipline to a variety of special needs.

      ADA

      Wheelchair Accessible

      Services

      Gift Shop

      Online Gift Shop

      Special Event Rental

      Restaurant

      Group Tours