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Aug 31, 2017
Innovative, Fun El Paso Children's Museum Set for Construction
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.