Deb Gordon spotlighted the Bronx Children’s Museum with its President of the Board Hope Harley, and Founding Executive Director Carla Precht.
The museum was started 10 years ago after Ms. Harley and fellow board members realized that the Bronx was the only borough without a children’s museum, and decided to do something about it.
Up until now, the Bronx Children’s Museum has existed “without walls”, teaching children about art and culture in a myriad of unique ways, including going into the schools and also through the use of a mobile bus.
“We do have this purple bus that has quite a personality, and inside is an interactive exhibit and it’s multi-sensory,” said Precht.
The museum has embarked on a new chapter in its history, having found a new home near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx – a historic, castle-like building which will offer an additional expression of the museum’s current curricula, and provide visitors the opportunity to experience it all in a brand new setting.
“Our space by itself…is almost like a fine arts kind of space…and it will sort of beckon you in,” said Precht. “There will be exhibits, interactive exhibits…we’re going to have an immersive interactive space that’s a multimedia environment as well.
“We’re bringing everything that we’ve learned…all of that knowledge inside our walls, and are creating our exhibits based on what we learned from community, but we will continue to operate both inside our walls and outside our walls,” added Harley.
In celebration of the launch and also to help raise funds, the Bronx Children’s Museum recently hosted a special evening and honored Bronx born Kerry Washington, Rafael Collado, and Richard Abrons. Fellow Bronxites Swizz Beatz and Tracy Morgan were also in attendance.
The Bronx Children’s Museum is expected to break ground by June 2017.
“When the children get in there, they’ll probably have trouble trying to figure out what to do first, but there will be a lot for them to interact with.” Precht said.
For more information about the Bronx Children’s Museum, visit www.bronxchildrensmuseum.org.