mission-history-5-150x150The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum is truly a place of wonderment for your kids.  Your kids won’t realize how much they are learning because they are having so much fun.

The goal of the Magic House is to encourage hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills.

The Magic House – History of. . .

Barbie Freud and Jody Newman, opened the Magic House in 1979.  The Museum was first opened in a 5,500 square foot Victorian mansion.  The museum was designed to be just for children.  The guiding princible the founders followed was provided by a Chinese proverb:

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.

Since its opening, The Magic House as grown to 55,000 square feet of exhibits and over 550,000 people visit annually.  The Museum’s exhibits and educational programming have been recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon, Family Fun Magazine and Zagat.

Over 50,000 children visit the museum each year for field trip experiences that support classroom learning and meet state and national standards. An additional 25,000 children participate in the museum’s outreach programs. The Magic House is dedicated to including and serving those children in the St. Louis community who have the fewest opportunities. All Title 1 schools receive free programming.  Approximately half of all the students who are admitted get in at no charge through the museum’s Education Program Fund.

Unlike most cultural attractions in the St. Louis area, The Magic House was founded as and remains a self-supporting 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It receives no ongoing local, state or federal support and is not a member of the Zoo-Museum District or the United Way.  If you enjoy your time, there be sure to support the Museum.

Have a Great Weekend!!

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