Louisiana Children’s Museum at City Park sets grand opening date

The new Louisiana Children’s Museum set to open at New Orleans City Park finally has an official grand opening date. The new location at City Park will open at noon on August 31, the museum announced.

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The grand opening celebrations will continue all weekend and conclude on Labor Day when the museum will resume with regular operating hours.

The beloved Warehouse District location, which opened in 1986, will shut its big blue doors for the last time at close of business on July 27.

“One aspect we have particularly loved in recent years is welcoming parents who came to the museum as young children themselves, now returning to share their childhood memories with their own children. Closing the doors at Julia Street is going to be bittersweet, but we know our new site will continue to create memories and educate while providing even greater access and opportunities to the community,” Julia Bland, chief executive officer of LCM, said in a release.

Architectural rendering of the “Front Porch” for the new Louisiana Children’s Museum at New Orleans City Park overlooking one of its natural lagoons. (credit: Mithun)

The new Children’s Museum at 15 Henry Thomas Drive is nestled on a lush and beautiful 8.5-acre site in City Park. It will feature five interactive, educational exhibits for children and families focused on literacy, health and wellness, environmental education, and arts and culture.

In addition to the indoor galleries, the museum will include a literacy center, a parent-teacher resource center, a cafe from Dickie Brennan & Co. and outdoor environmental elements.

Museum leaders day many of the iconic components of the Julia Street location will be reflected in the new location.

The “VestiBlue” will be a nod to the big blue doors on Julia Street, marking the main entrance to the museum and the threshold to the interactive experiences that await. Treasured heirloom exhibits like the much-loved lil’ grocery store and bubbles will be reimagined.

The new Louisiana Children’s Museum includes an interactive culinary exhibit gallery called Follow That Food where children will take a playful Louisiana food journey that begins in the state’s fields and coastal waters, ventures through the Port of New Orleans and local markets and ultimately lands on the family dinner table. (credit: Mithun)

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“The new location will allow us to better meet the needs of the community as well as improve geographic access and connect children to nature in a way we haven’t been able to before,” Bland said. “We are confident that the new LCM will provide even more resources to every child–and parent–who walks through our doors.”

Since 1986, the Julia Street location has been a mainstay for both local and visiting families.

The museum has celebrated generations of childhood experiences, launched numerous careers and made many joyous connections at their location at 420 Julia Street in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.

Each year, they’ve welcomed approximately 147,000 visitors, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun.

Louisiana Children’s Museum members will have the opportunity to get an exclusive preview of the new facility in the days preceding the opening.

For more information, visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s website at www.lcm.org.