A D V E N T U R E !   C H I L D R E N ' S   M U S E U M

Hours: weekdays 10-6, weekends 11-6
$4.00 admission for adults and children age 2+ 
free admission for ages 0 – 1

Volunteers needed to start training now!
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 FAQ: What is a children's museum?
We like this definition from the Association of Children's Museums:
"Children's museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them. Reflecting their diverse communities, children's museums create playful, interactive learning experiences."

Or, as we like to say, it's like a regular museum,
except instead of everything being hands-off, everything is hands-on and made for kids! 

FAQ: Where is Adventure! Children's Museum?

We are proud to announce our new home in the Valley River Center, where we'll be leasing a space at the top of the escalator for at least a year! Our goal is an Adventure! you can visit any day of the week, in a space busting at the seams with recycled and upcycled treasures, fun experiences, and beautiful murals. Find us by bus, bike path, on foot, or in the car! We're centrally located inside the mall by the movie theater.

Since 2015, Adventure! Children's Museum has been testing out our exciting and fun exhibits and activities to fairs, festivals, and gatherings throughout Lane County. You may have dug at our dig site at Play In the Rain Day at Mt. Pisgah, or used a typewriter at our mid-century newspaper office at the Lane County Fair. Maybe you made a magic wand at We Are Bethel or some ogre bogies at Eugene Sunday Streets. We've been a ton of places in the two years since we founded our organization!

  FAQ: What can we look forward to on our first visit to Adventure! Children's Museum?
Ever since our "incubator museum" opened in spring 2017, we've been eager to get your feedback on our first-stage exhibits, and your suggestions for what comes next! This is truly our community's museum, and we want you all to be a part of it. We call it an "incubator" because we're still planning and refining, getting feedback, and making improvements. You're a part of that! And what we'll build here together will be amazing.

Currently on display at Adventure!: pass through the Travel Station Lobby and find some fun exhibits for families with kids aged 2 +: The Augmented Reality Topographic Sand Table; Squish! Pacific Northwest Camping (complete with bear cave!); The Recycled Village; Shakespeare's Globe Theater; the Big Build Block Masonry; the Art Lab; the Tree House Library; the Flight Test; Dig Site! for Archaeologists and Paleontologists; Make It • Build It; and our Soft Rock River Bed quiet play area. We also have a carefully curated gift shop full of books, kits, crafts, and treasures for your family, an Adventure! Post Box for mailing yourselves a souvenir, and an Adventure! Post Office Box Scavenger Hunt that lets kids win a prize for exploring our exhibits.

FAQ: What are your plans for the future? Will the Museum get bigger?
We plan to eventually add: hidden passages, secret book cases, and a pneumatic tube postal system where kids can send messages and watch them speed along.  We'll need time to add these features, but when they're done, they'll be done right!

Right now, we're making plans for a 9,000 square foot expansion area adjacent to the current incubator space. A pirate ship is in the works, and we're making plans to work on Little Visits (little peeks at other places) with area cultural organizations. A huge train table shaped like the United States is also in the works, ready to welcome the many, many train lovers who are going to ADORE it. Our Children's Advisory Board is guiding us towards amazing things!

Further down the road, we have a big picture that's reflected in our original concept art: we'll draw from history, biographies, geography, and literature to create exciting settings for kids to explore: cave spelunking, Amelia Earhart, Venice in the 1920s. We'll have a paleontology dig site based in the Utah desert, and bring to life beloved children's books. In every immersive exhibit, we'll create or recreate a place and time and pack it full of ways to interact with all the senses. We'll spark an urge to get out there and meet the world with open eyes and an open heart.

We'll support our mission through the continuation of traveling exhibits, the creation of our Adventure!-To-Go museum lending boxes, eclectic classes, school field trips, and birthday parties. In the years to come, expect an Adventure! preschool program and elementary-aged tutoring in creative writing.

Adventure can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people but here's how we see it: Adventure! is exploring the unknown and becoming its friend. And the world needs more of it.

Not every child can travel, but every child is an explorer at heart. Let's give them a place to explore!

Want to help? Find out how.

FAQ: What age range is the Museum for? Will my older kids like it?
With the help of our Youth Advisory Board, we are working to make sure that as many kids as possible find the museum fun and engaging. We are currently describing the museum as being appropriate for ages 2 +. For some families, this isn't specific enough, and we get that. 
Here's why we don't specify a cut-off age: we know that every child is different, so we don't like to fence kids in too much with age restrictions. Kids should follow their own interests regardless of age. You know your kids best! 

If you'd like to walk through with your family before deciding to stay, please ask! We'd much rather you get a chance to make an informed choice that's right for your family. (For the safety of our visitors, we don't allow adults to enter the museum without children unless they are developmentally disabled and accompanied by a caretaker. Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

FAQ: How can I help?
If you've already donated, THANK YOU. Truly, none of this would be possible without our donors and broad community support.
We're happy to announce that our lease for the year is covered and our insurance through a national non-profit insurance provider is reasonable. Our community partners like LCC, UO, and MECCA are helping stock us up on furniture and art supplies. What we need most right now are building supplies (or the funds to purchase them) and volunteers. Lots of volunteers, with lots of different skill sets. Click here to lend a hand and help make Adventure! amazing!
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 Lane Arts Council and 
City of Eugene Cultural Services Division

for funding our
Adventure!-To-Go Museum Lending Box Project!

Teachers & homeschoolers, you can take  
this survey to indicate your interest in lending boxes that will provide projects, lessons, and artifacts tied to your curriculum!

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Diversity statement: Adventure! Children's Museum honors the unique perspectives of individuals from every background and is committed to maintaining diversity through its workforce and board membership. Through our cultural exhibits, Adventure! hopes to engage children and adults in exploring the rich diversity of lifestyles around the world, thus building bridges within our community and toward a more globally aware citizenry. 

Adventure! @ Play in the Rain Day, 2015 // Active Dig Site! Paleontologists only! (Our first event)