By Henry Schulson
The sense of discovery in a child is one of life’s greatest gifts. It often leads to unmatched bursts of creativity, wonder, and amazement no matter the activity. Since our opening in 1995, Creative Discovery Museum has focused on one mission – to create exciting opportunities for discovery through a unique combination of learning and play. Exhibits have come and gone, programs keep changing, but the sense of discovery has remained the core for everything we’ve done and continue to do moving forward. Continue reading →
Happy New Year! We have exciting activities and exhibits planned throughout the year. Here are six things you won’t want to miss in the year ahead:
- Recording Studio: I’m excited to see how visitors will use Continue reading →
By: Henry Schulson
Have you ever wondered how our temporary exhibits inspire us to update our permanent exhibits?
Creative Discovery Museum has been fortunate to bring several exciting temporary exhibits to keep the visitor experience fresh and exciting. Our temporary exhibits attract new audiences and often present topics not covered by our permanent exhibits.
One of the great challenges of a children’s museum is keeping exhibits in good condition. As you can imagine, children can be very hard on exhibits and use them in ways that only a child could imagine (not necessarily a bad thing!).
We once had an exhibit on Peter Rabbit, and we walked into the tea house to discover children playing hockey using brooms as sticks and plastic saucers as hockey pucks. A colleague told me about a car manufacturer that had installed a car with automatic windows in one of their exhibits. The manufacturer said the windows had gone through rigorous testing and would be fine in a children’s museum. The car did not last a day! Continue reading →
By: Henry Schulson
Creative Discovery Museum
“I joined the MAP program when I was eleven years old,” said Raewyn Duvall, former MAP and recent graduate from Girl’s Preparatory School. “I could barely speak to people because I was so shy. The MAP program helped me come out of my shell and develop customer service skills.”
Raewyn recently aged out of the MAP program at 17. She will now attend Tufts University and major in mechanical engineering. She credits her pursuit of engineering to Creative Discovery Museum. “I have always enjoyed Inventor’s Clubhouse. The [former] racetrack area developed my interest in mechanical engineering.”
MAP stands for the Museum Apprenticeship Program. Designed for 11 to 17 year olds who enjoy volunteering in the Museum, the MAP program has been a meaningful experience for several teens like Raewyn.
“This program is unlike any other around,” said Raewyn. “Not only did I connect with my peers, but I developed life skills in the process.”
Museum MAPS are trained to work in all Museum exhibit areas and provide support for education programs as well. Requiring a commitment of 8 hours per month year round, MAPS learn responsibility, customer service skills, and gain self-confidence.
Now, Creative Discovery Museum will be able to expand the MAP program, thanks to a recent Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) “Museums for America” grant.
This grant will help launch a new teen initiative which is a key part of our strategic plan and which will expand the services we provide for youth ages 11 to 16 years old.
The initiative is divided into five activities:
- Forming a Youth Advisory Board comprised of 10 to 15 young people. This advisory board will provide a place for teens to give their input and connect new teens to the Museum.
- Expanding and enhancing the existing MAP program and developing it into a national model for youth engagement in museums.
- Creating an environment that appeals to youth. The Museum will dedicate evening times outside normal hours for the 11 to 16 age group.
- Developing education programs for middle school students.
- Creating a Teen Media Collaborative. The Teen Media Collaborative will give teens the opportunity to produce media content for Creative Discovery Museum’s marketing and educational programs.
We are delighted to receive this award. It is recognition of our commitment to serve the needs of youth in our community and fulfill our vision of making Chattanooga the best place for a child to grow up.