Street Address
2000 Union Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Mailing Address
2000 Union Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
phone: 814-944-6830
Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
$2 per person over 2 years old
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Coreena Detrich, Office Manager
Anita L. Vance, Board Secretary


On our 1st Floor-You and your child can create an original sculpture with artist clay. For $1(cost of clay) you may take it with you. Or, try another display, where the movement of the earth itself will draw designs with the Harmonograph.

2nd Floor-Have you seen these? Steps that play music..Lights waves that create sound..Neon pens that write in the dark..machines that defy gravity..The Drama Room, with stage and costumes-you can be a Writer, Director, Star!...a hush falls over the audience........

3rd Floor-The Transportation Room with Thomas the Tank and friends..The Veterinarians Office is open with animal friends waiting for loving arms to help fix them up. A working x-ray viewer helps find the problem right away! The Market Place is just around the corner with groceries and shopping carts for bargains for little shoppers!


The mission of QUAINT CORNER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM & DISCOVERY CENTER is to offer educational and interactive exhibits for children, bring families together in a safe environment, emphasize family values and spark the imagination which inspires learning and nurtures growth through play.


"In 1982 a coffee and tea shop was opened in the three-story brick mansion. Two rooms of the house, which was once a studio used by voice and piano instructor Martha Roberts, were redecorated. The rooms' decor capitalizes on the beveled and stained glass windows, hardwood floors and carved French doors of the 1890s home."

"After several years in the planning, a Quaint Corner children's museum now occupies most of the remainder of the historical site." --Debbie Epple, Altoona Mirror, 1987.

The Museum was founded: to promote creative thought in children, to foster appreciation of history, art and science through a hands-on approach, to increase an awareness of the cultural richness of early Altoona, and to motivate the community to become involved in this on-going cultural pursuit. Today we carry on the same tradition that was the dream of Susan Foreman and have added many new displays, events and programs to keep young minds growing. Contributions from private donors and the community are how we exist today and keep growing.

Educational Programs

Interactive exhibits encourage children to touch and learn about structure, texture, cause and effect, observation, simple experimentation with physics and laser light and sound exhibits.

  • Birthday Parties and Events!
  • Monthly Events: Preschool Story Hour
  • Monthly Events: Mom’s Tea
  • Summer Camp!


Performance Areas


The Museum is governed by a board of directors who meet once a month to discuss issues related to the prosperity of the Museum.


Access: General Public

Appointment required: No


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