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NYC's newest children's museum is finally on its way!

Allie Early
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Allie Early

In 2019, the Bronx Children's Museum will become the newest children's museum in the city (located just south of Yankee Stadium).

For those of you that haven't heard too much about this amazing renovation and museum project, the city's LEED-certified historic powerhouse facility (originally built in 1925) is to be the Bronx Children's Museum first permanent home. The second floor of the building will be a destination for almost 75,000 children every year, and it will offer large, open exhibit spaces with both permanent and temporary interactive exhibits. Using the theme of "Power" to unify all of its exhibits, the museum will explore Bronx culture, arts, community and natural resources. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Children's Museum

Children will be excited to find a kid-friendly river habitat area inspired by the Harlem River and Bronx Waterways nearby, which includes animal puppet and costume play, a clue game to learn stories about animals in relation to habitat, hunting and locomotion, a buildable beaver lodge that kids can play in, a beaver dam that they might use to learn about cause and effect, and other amazing stuff like workable river locks, turbines and all the materials they'll need to build a bridge or two.

Apart from the nature awesomeness, there's also a produce stand where kids can role play with gardening items, an area to learn to "barbecue" a meal for friends and family, a spot to explore music and dance and an activity to learn about rain collection. Families will also find a real subway car to explore, learn to pin their location on an interactive map, people-watch from a faux stoop and participate in real art projects in a studio.

The building will be shared with the Parks Department and Stadium Tennis Center. See below for a current photo of the historic building:

Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Children's Museum

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