Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, Poughkeepsie

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The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (MHCM) 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).
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 a 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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  • It is such a fun place for kids....My then 8 year old and twin 3 year olds spent the whole summer of 2019 there. It is educational, good exercise, safe and clean. I highly recommend! 
    It is such a fun place for kids....My then 8 year old and twin 3 year olds spent the whole summer of 2019 there. It is educational, good exercise, safe and clean. I highly recommend!  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • My kids went there several times and had a very nice time. kids learnt fun science facts and also played.
  • My grandson had his birthday party here and all the children that attended had a fun time! All of the grown-ups had a special partitioned backroom area in which to sit, talk and eat the food. However, you must supply your own food, cake, drinks and decorations. I highly recommend taking young children to this place. They have a bunch of kid-friendly playrooms, such as a kitchen, pizzeria, post office and much more. A lot of kids enjoy the fire truck and equipment too.

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