History of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem

Children's Museum Building in Winston-Salem

The history of the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem spans more than 10 years. The museum was conceived by the Junior League of Winston-Salem as its 75th anniversary gift to the community. The Museum — now a separate 501 (c) (3) nonprofit — opened its doors on November 20, 2004, following a successful capital campaign.

In 2011, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem was honored to be awarded a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America program.  Museums for America is the nation’s largest federal funding program for museums. Reviewed by panels of professional peers, these grants are highly-competitive.  The Museum’s grant funded a new interactive playscape – Kaledioscape – and six additional, outdoor, participatory art installations.