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Bronzeville Children's Museum

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President  Peggy Montes
Phone  +1 773-721-9301
Date founded  1998
Public transit access  Chicago Transit Authority
Bronzeville Children's Museum
Established  1998 (current location since 2008)
Location  9301 South Stony Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60617 (August 19, 2008–present) 9500 South Western Avenue Evergreen Park, IL 60805 (1998–2008)
Type  African American Children's museum
Website  www.bronzevillechildrensmuseum.com
Address  9301 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
Hours  Open today · 10AM–2PMSaturday10AM–2PMSundayClosedMonday(Casimir Pulaski Day)ClosedTuesday10AM–2PMWednesday10AM–2PMThursday10AM–2PMFriday10AM–2PM
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Bronzeville Children's Museum is a museum in the Calumet Heights community area of the South Side of Chicago. It is the first and only African American children's museum in the United States. Founded in 1998, the museum moved to its current location at 9301 South Stony Island Avenue in the Pill Hill neighborhood in 2008.

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History

In 1998, Peggy Montes founded the museum in Evergreen Park, Illinois at 97th and Western Avenue. A retired Chicago Public Schools teacher, she was motivated to start the museum after attending a museum convention where she visited numerous children's museums. It was formerly located in the Evergreen Plaza on the lower level in a 1,275-square-foot (118.5 m2) space. The relocated museum opened on August 19, 2000 in a space ten times larger and with three times as more exhibits than the prior home. Construction of the new museum location was sponsored by Commonwealth Edison. Jewel-Osco became a sponsor of the museum in 2000.

Mission

The Museum is designed to serve children between the age of 3 and 9. The museum is located away from the Bronzeville, Chicago neighborhood bounded by 26th Street and 51st Street on the north and south, respectively, and Wentworth Avenue and Cottage Grove Avenue. Nonetheless, the museum was named after the neighborhood, which is the neighborhood where African Americans settled in large concentration in Chicago. Although over 100 children's museums serve the youth of America, this is the only one that focuses on African American culture and history.

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Bronzeville Children's Museum Wikipedia


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