New Exhibits Set to Debut in September at the Children’s Museum

CMoRThe Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) announced that on Saturday, September 21 the museum will unveil several new exhibit areas at both its Central and Short Pump locations.

“When we opened our Short Pump location in 2010, it was the nation’s first children’s museum satellite,” explained Karen Coltrane, CMoR president and CEO. “We were not completely sure how the community would use the new museum. After more than three years and 350,000 visitors, it is clear that our Short Pump location enjoys a loyal following of museum member families with young children. In order to grow with them, we are introducing new exhibits that can inspire even more interaction and imaginative play.”

Both The CarMax Foundation and Silver Diner have joined with the Children’s Museum to create new exhibits that allow children to experience the working world on their scale. Their support will provide new auto repair and restaurant exhibits at both the Central and Short Pump locations. In addition, the Short Pump location will have a grocery store and an interactive air tubes exhibit. “Children learn by doing, touching and interacting,” explained Liz Pearce, CMoR director of parent engagement. “Each of these new exhibit areas has been designed to inspire learning and prepare children for the future while making it fun today.”

“We have only been closed for 13 days since we opened Short Pump in 2010,” said Lisa Hailey, the museum’s chief financial and operations officer, “We plan to close for about a week beginning September 12 to make the upgrades and re-open on September 21. Happily, we have two other locations to serve our visitors during that time.” The museum typically closes four days each year for New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

About The Children’s Museum of Richmond

The Children’s Museum of Richmond now has three locations, Children’s Museum of Richmond Central at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond; Children’s Museum of Richmond Short Pump, located in West Broad Village at 2200 Old Brick Road in Glen Allen; and  Children’s Museum of Richmond Chesterfield at 6629 Lake Harbour Drive in Midlothian.  The Children’s Museum of Richmond has been serving the community since 1981 with the mission to create innovative learning experiences for all children and those who support them that inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. For more information, please visit or call (804) 474-7000.