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Aug 31, 2017

Innovative, Fun El Paso Children's Museum Set for Construction

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After months of planning, work is expected to begin in the summer of 2018 on the construction of the 40,000 square-foot Children’s Museum of El Paso.

The project, which will go up at the site of a former Greyhound bus maintenance station at 201 W. Main Street in the downtown area, has captured the imagination of both El Paso’s children and adults.

In response to a series of public input meetings and dozens of online suggestions, the museum will emphasize educational exhibits designed to inspire a sense of awe.

The mission of the museum will be to marry a traditional emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - otherwise known as STEM - with the arts, for what will be a series of STEM exhibits.

As the project enters the design phase this fall, the museum is expected to house art studios, classrooms, a café, retail space, and climbing exhibits.

Also included will be a sensory sandscape space for babies up to three year-olds, complete with a landscape of dunes and crawl-through cactus.

The building’s rooftop is expected to feature an interactive water play exhibit.

Funding for the $19.2 million project is coming out of El Paso’s 2012 Quality of Life bonds. 

 

By Garry Boulard

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