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The Thinkery

1830 Simond Avenue
Austin, TX 78723

512-469-6200

Mission:

To create innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers.

Vision:

A creative, collaborative community that celebrates questions and discovery.


History:

Austin Children’s Museum was founded in 1983 by a grassroots group of parents and educators who wanted local children to have more educational and cultural opportunities. At that time we were a “museum without walls”—our founder drove tabletop exhibits around town in her station wagon and presented activities and programs in schools, parks, libraries and even malls.

In 1987, we settled into our first brick-and-mortar home – a 5,000 square foot building on West 5th street. For the next ten years we presented exhibits, experiences, and educational programs for local kids and families. During this time, we developed exhibits that traveled to other children’s museums around the country, gaining quite a reputation.

By the mid 1990′s, Austin was booming and we had outgrown our home. Fortunately, the community recognized the importance of our organization and supported an expansion campaign. The result was our 1997 move to Downtown Austin’s warehouse district. Relocating to our 2nd Street facility through a 10-year, rent-free lease was a huge step for Austin Children’s Museum, but we knew when we opened the doors that Austin was growing and we’d eventually need to expand.

In December 2013, Austin Children’s Museum became the Thinkery and opened at its new location – a 40,000 square foot facility in the Mueller community. The Thinkery delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits and programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Museum activities revolve around educational experiences led by staff, so each visit is different from the last.

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