By Lynda LeVan
Director of External Affairs
Here are some uncommon things about the Museum you don’t know and may not have guessed. For the full story of what goes on at Creative Discovery Museum, check out our 2015 annual report on our website.
|1. We’re a Non-profit Organization
Not many people realize this, but only 60% of our budget is covered by ticket sales, membership and shop sales. Our mission to inspire all children to explore, innovate, create, and play, and we’re only able to do that through generous donations from Museum supporters in the community.
|2. We’ve Hosted Quite a Few Famous Faces
Just to name a few, we’ve hosted former First Lady Laura Bush, Leigh Anne Tuohy, and Willard Scott.
|3. We’re 21 Years Old
We opened our doors on May 26, 1995 and haven’t look back! Since that time, we’ve welcome more than four million visitors.
|4. We Have a Real Dinosaur Bone on Display
That’s right! You can see our real dinosaur bone on display in Excavation Station in one of the field stations. You can even touch it!
|5. We Offer Outreach Programs to the Community
In 2015 alone, we reached nearly 45,000 students in outreach lessons offered in a variety of settings in the surrounding Chattanooga community. When children can’t come to the Museum, we bring a bit of the Museum to them!
|6. We Started Out as a Dream of the Hunter Museum of American Art
The idea to develop the Creative Discovery Museum was born in 1989 as the board of the Hunter Museum of American Art evaluated the viability of developing a children’s wing for the art museum. The board recommended that a separate children’s museum be created as part of the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga.
|7. We Have 100 Teen Volunteers
Known as the Museum Apprentice Program, these MAP volunteers help throughout the Museum. They can join as young as 13 and benefit from the customer service and life skills they develop while they work.