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Boston Children's Museum

Left to right: Tayquan Pomare-Taylor, Carole Charnow, and Mrs. Obama. Click image for a larger view.

Boston Children’s Museum is one of the oldest and largest children’s museums in the world, pioneering hands-on exhibitions and visitor-focused experiences that put children in charge of their own learning. It first opened its doors in 1913. Today, the museum is partnering across the community to address school achievement gaps that disproportionately affect Boston’s black and Hispanic children and strengthening STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – programming. Boston Children’s Museum also proudly participates in the Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Initiative.

"We are thrilled to receive the National Medal, and especially pleased to do so in our Centennial year. As the only Boston museum defined by its audience – children and families – our spaces connect the stories of parents and teachers, grandparents and teens, policymakers and innovators. For 100 years, we have advocated for the enduring value of play, and its link to the mental, physical, and emotional health of children," said Carole Charnow, president & CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum. "Our multi-faceted exhibits and programs introduce children and families to transformational experiences and new ideas in science and technology, health and wellness, arts and humanities, and global cultures. We are grateful to the IMLS for this distinguished award and look forward to building upon our legacy by continuing to promote the health and education of all children so that they will reach their full potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing."

Community Member: Two years ago, Boston Children’s Museum selected then-14-year-old Tayquan Pomare-Taylor as a CityACCESS Teen Ambassador. The program encouraged Tayquan to connect and engage with children and adults alike at the museum and in Boston neighborhoods. This responsibility positively impacted his sense of self, and both individual and institution have greatly benefitted. Tayquan raised his GPA from 0.7 to 3.5 over the past several months because he better understands that hard work yields rewards. Now 16, Tayquan reflects, "It felt like the museum was made for me. And the way kids react to me at the museum – asking for me by name, learning from me – shows me that I have something to give."

Praise for Boston Children’s Museum:

Boston Children’s Museum is truly a gem with a dedicated staff who have created a world of exploration, fantasy and creativity for children of all ages. I congratulate them on this national recognition.
U.S. Representative Mike Capuano (Mass.)

Boston Children’s Museum is a leader in education and innovation, positively impacting the lives of children and their families throughout our community. As Boston Children’s Museum celebrates 100 years, I congratulate them on this tremendous and well-deserved honor.
U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch (Mass.)

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