OSWEGO, NY – The Children’s Museum of Oswego has announced plans for an 8,000 square foot children’s museum in the historic Buckhout-Jones building located at 7 W. Bridge St.
Initial design calls for a two-story exhibition space that encourages children to interact and learn through various interactive displays.
Exhibits will celebrate local industry, history and natural resources of the region, including a water-play area with working locks, a weather cycle exhibit that allows young visitors to “play in the clouds” and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) exhibit areas exploring energy generation and manufacturing.
“We have had a great deal of support and encouragement from parents, educators and the general community,” said executive director Jillian Shaver. “We are thrilled to be able to present a detailed vision of what the museum will look like for the community to see.”
Shaver says the museum will be an informal, indoor space where children can play, learn and be active.
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.
It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
In addition to providing developmental play for children, studies indicate children’s museums elsewhere have provided significant benefits to their communities.
Shaver said, “They improve the quality of life in their communities. CMOO will not only help us promote our area to families, it will attract visitors who spend money at local businesses.”
More than 30% of children’s museums are part of a downtown revitalization project as many city planners regard children’s museums as an anchor for nearby attractions, restaurants and local businesses.
CMOO hopes to raise $2.4 million to cover the cost of exhibits, renovation and startup expenses.
With the support of a grant received from The Richard S. Shineman Foundation, the museum has hired the Steier Group, a national fundraising and development firm, to conduct a capital campaign planning study.
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the appeal, needs, goals, funding prospects, timing and strategy for the project.
It will allow the museum to ensure that their campaign goals are achievable, well-directed, and in line with the goals of our community as a whole.
As part of the study, CMOO is asking residents of Oswego County to participate in an online survey about the museum’s plan.
The survey is available at steiergroup.com/client-login/
Respondents should select Children’s Museum of Oswego.
The password is Oswego.
Incorporated in 2013, the Children’s Museum of Oswego was founded by a group of Oswego residents desiring to expand the educational and recreational opportunities available to the children of Oswego County and surrounding communities.
The Children’s Museum of Oswego seeks to be a year-round place for fun, safe and educational play.