The Children’s Museum of Cleveland is the Ultimate Playground – The Children’s Museum of Cleveland’s new property—the historic Stager-Beckwith mansion on Millionaire’s Row—is four times bigger than before. It’s also infinitely more playful, thanks to a new visual identity crafted by Richardson Design.
“We wrapped the historic interior in a constant cream colour, better known by the museum as ‘cake batter,’” explains senior designer Tracy van der Kuil. “And we used an unexpected colour palette to activate exhibits,” which include a multi-level treehouse, science space, art studio, and dollhouse gallery. Each boasts a signature colour united by plywood and metallic finishes, a nod to Cleveland’s industrial character.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland (CMC) was first established in 1981 by a coalition of parents, educators and civic leaders to provide outreach educational programs and activities to elementary school classrooms. Over the past 36 years, the Museum has evolved from merely providing outreach programs and one travelling exhibit, to being known as the only cultural and educational resource completely dedicated to early childhood in the Cleveland area, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors annually.
In December 2014, the Museum purchased the historic Stager-Beckwith mansion in the Midtown neighbourhood of Cleveland for its first permanent home in its history. Due to its lease not being renewed at its University Circle location, the Museum closed that facility on January 3, 2016, and began to serve the community through a dynamic series of programs held throughout the community, while a new museum and all-new exhibits were developed in Midtown.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland envisions a community where all families have access to the educational resources they need to raise creative, curious, healthy and well-educated children.
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland promotes learning through play using innovative exhibits and programs designed for all children from birth to age 8. The Museum is dedicated to being a valued resource to parents, families and community institutions that serve young children.
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