Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Poughkeepsie

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The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is a children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. In February 2016 MHCM opened The Science Center @ MHCM to advance early STEM education. The museum is located in the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie.

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization that is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the Association of Children's Museums (ACM), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and the Museum Association of New York (MANY).
HISTORY. Founded in 1989 by a group of individuals in Poughkeepsie, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum operated in donated spaces in the City of Poughkeepsie and then in the South Hills Mall for many years. In 2002, it moved to its current home at 75 North Water Street. The building is an historic mid-19th century industrial brick building that formerly housed Innis Dye Works.

The board of directors of MHCM is composed of volunteers. The museum's current staff consists of fourteen employees. In fall 2012, the museum hired Lara Litchfield-Kimber as its new Executive Director.
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  • My grandchildren had a great time at this museum in Poughkeepsie. We spent about 3 hrs trying the various exhibits. Outside we had a great picnic lunch overlooking the Hudson River.  more »
  • Grandma and grandpa recently accompanied our grandson to his first five-year -old birthday party which was held at this museum. The exhibits and activities were so absorbing that he continued to play....  more »
  • My 2 year old loves this museum. I enjoy seeing him running around getting into different things and learning tons through play and exploration. When I go to this museum I make sure I make it an all day affair because a few hours just simply isn't enough time for the kiddos to explore it all. Highly recommend.
  • We had our daughter’s 3rd birthday party here on Saturday. It was hands down the best kids birthday ever!! Josie handled everything from the decorations to the set up to the cake and cleanup!! The kids all had the best time and all cried when we had to leave. Lol!! They did a great craft and the goody bags they gave out were amazing. There is no doubt we will do her fourth birthday here again!! Thanks again Josie and the Children’s Museum!!!!!!

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