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The Hands On Children's Museum and its programs and events serve more than 250,000 visitors each year. This is well above the national average and exceeds national recommendations for the size of our previous space. In fact, popular special events and programs were often filled to capacity and had long waitlists. The Museum has outgrown its space three times in the past 10 years!
Hands On currently attracts over 250,000 visitors to the Museum and its Sand in the City event each year. With more activities to enjoy, tourists will travel farther and stay longer – stimulating economic activity in downtown, the community and the region. This tourism will generate millions of dollars in spending and create dozens of new jobs.
An $18M project funded by individual contributions, corporate, foundation and public grants, business sponsorships, Public Facilities District (PFD) funds, City of Olympia Tourism funds. We are currently in Phase Two of our development plan which seeks to fund the completion of interior exhibits and the Outdoor Discovery Center.
The Outdoor Discovery Center, the first of its kind attached to a children's museum in the Pacific Northwest, will be a half-acre exhibit space and children’s garden with water features, wetland, mud pie pit, driftwood fort construction, fire circle and climbing rocks, lookout towers and tugboat. See our growing list of Outdoor Discovery Center sponsors!
Eight major galleries, with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and new additions - such as boat building, water exploration tables, inspiring activity spaces and an Arts & Parts Studio - including an Emergency! gallery with a fire truck, police car, and medic one van, where kids can be a hero every day; and Our Fabulous Forest gallery with a tree house, multi-level climber/slide and eagle’s nest.
The New Children's Museum on East Bay will be the centerpiece in a cluster of new projects that will incorporate sustainable building practices and innovative environmental partnerships. The entire East Bay development is located on a historic contamination site, and its public partners are working to convert the former industrial area into a safe, attractive, community amenity.
The Hands On Children’s Museum believes in the interconnectedness of all things. Our success is linked to our ability to create a sustainable organization that balances both economic and environmental goals, while inspiring young children to appreciate the natural world and understand its importance to their future health and well-being. As educational and community leaders, we will model sustainability in our business practices, our exhibits and our education programs.