This children's museum was awesome when it first opened, over 10 yrs. ago. But it needs to be refurbished and updated! I have brought children on field trips for 10 years, and each year I see more wear and tear, and not many new creative additions. The art center had minimal supplies. Half of the instruments worked in the music center. The water works was run down and only half working. As a teacher I feel it needs lots of updating, and has the potential to be a much more interesting museum for children. I recently came with my grandchildren, and they were actually bored after just an hour. (ages 5 and 7) For what we paid, I was disappointed they haven't kept it up better. Other cities like Nashville and Murfreesboro have children's museums that put the CD in Chatt. to shame!
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23 April 2012
Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to the Museum last October. The Museum opened in 1995 and we completed a major renovation in 2005. We are currently upgrading our exhibits to keep them fresh and engaging for our visitors. Last summer, we opened Buzz Alley, a new permanent exhibit about bees. Since you visited in October, we have replaced the floor in RiverPlay, introduced a new video about local fossils in our dinosaur area, and upgraded the equipment in the recollections shadow exhibit. We have made major changes in our Inventor’s Clubhouse including a “Road Trip Challenge” to learn about biofuels, a fort building activity, and a build your own roller coaster where children can test different ideas about motion. We are in the planning stages for renovations to a number of other exhibit areas. We also have an active travelling exhibit schedule. Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China will be on display through May 13 and this summer we will feature TINKERTOY: Build Your Imagination!
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The Museum has an exhibit maintenance person on duty whenever the Museum is open to ensure that exhibits are in working order and are well supplied. We are committed to providing outstanding experiences for our visitors and hope that all visitors will let us know when they are here if there are any problems so that we can solve them.
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