Children’s Museum Facts

  • There are 341 ACM museum members, representing a total of 22 countries. Approximately 23 percent of these children's museums are in the start-up phase.
  • Including children's museums, businesses, individuals and museums with programs for children, ACM has more than 515 members.
  • According to 2007 data, more than 30 million children and families annually visited children's museums.
  • Sixty-five percent of children's museums are located in urban areas.
  • Twenty-three percent of children's museums are located in suburban areas.
  • Twelve percent of children's museums are located in rural areas.
  • Thirty-five percent of children's museums are flagships in downtown revitalization projects.
  • Sixty-two ACM member children's museums are undergoing a capital campaign in order to build a new facility or expand an existing facility.
  • Four percent of children's museums are accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • Eighteen children's museums are green buildings; 24 museums are in the process of building a green facility. Therefore, 12 percent of ACM member institutions have committed themselves to be green children's museums.
  • In 1975 there were approximately 38 children's museums in the United States. Eighty new children's museums opened between 1976 and 1990. Since 1990, an additional 125 have opened. There are about 70 children's museums in the planning phase.
  • Outreach programs in ACM member museums extended to nearly 4 million people in 2007.
  • Eighty-one percent of ACM museums have a dedicated early childhood exhibit space specifically designed for infants and toddlers.
  • Thirty-five percent of ACM museums have an outdoor exhibit and/or garden.
  • Forty-nine percent run after school programs.
  • Sixty percent develop curriculum materials.
  • Seventy percent provide school outreach.
  • The largest children's museum is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (Indiana), which has a total of 433,000 square feet.
  • The oldest children's museum is the Brooklyn Children's Museum (New York), which opened in 1899.


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