Children's Museum of Los Angeles
The Museum doors opened on June 11th, 1979, when a group of parents and community leaders came together to plan a museum for the children of Los Angeles. There collective vision was to create a vehicle through which children could discover, learn and dream about worlds beyond their immediate experiences.
The Museum remained open at its original location, in the Civic Center of Los Angeles, for 21 years. More than 5 million visitors traveled to the 17,000 square-foot downtown institution including educators, parents, and of course children. In August 2000, the Museum temporarily shut its doors in preparation for opening to a whole new experience, in a better home—Hansen Dam Recreation Park.
The new Museum will continue to honor the founders’ philosophy to educate, entertain and empower children and the adults who care for them.