The Green Bay Children’s Museum is moving next month to larger location near Bay Beach Amusement Park.
“It’s no secret — especially to those who regularly visit the children’s museum — that we are out of space where we are currently located,” said Toni Burnett, the museum’s executive director. “While we loved being downtown for the past seven years, there is no space at our current location for new exhibits, for outdoor green space or space to hold special events. Parking is also a challenge, especially for buses dropping off school groups.”
The new location at 1230 Bay Beach Road will initially be about the same size as the current museum but has a better layout and flow, so the building will feel larger than its current downtown location. There also is room for a future expansion and free onsite parking.
As word got out that the museum was looking for a larger location, local businessman Chip McDonald approached the museum’s leadership about the building and property he owned across from Bay Beach, museum board chair Chris Cumicek said.
“It is a great space and location and allows us room to grow,” he said. “We anticipate serving up to 120,000 visitors a year, up from our current average of 72,000 annually.”
Performa is designing the new space, and Miron Construction Co. Inc. is handling the buildout. The museum will open in its new location in early May.
A fundraising effort is now underway to cover moving costs and the museum redesign, with a capital campaign to come later in the year for an expansion of the new facility.