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Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

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"Our Mission is to enlighten minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery and the joy of exploration."
"Our Vision is to be an extraordinary educational beacon in the Hudson River Valley where discovery leads to lifelong learning for all."

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is located on North Water Street in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. It has been located in a brick building across from the former Innis Dye Works building, a short walk from the Poughkeepsie station on Metro-North's Hudson Line and right on the Hudson River. It has been there since 2002, five years after its 1997 founding. Before then it had been located in the South Hills Mall.

Its mission is "enlighten minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery and the joy of exploration". All exhibits are hands-on, including a play-space model of the human heart, a Hudson River tides water table and models of Leonardo da Vinci's machine. Sponsors include IBM, a major local employer, Texaco and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Representative Maurice Hinchey secured a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to facilitate the sharing of exhibits between the children's museum and the American Museum of Natural History. In 2007 the museum acquired the Pavilion, an 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) open-air building nearby. It will host exhibits showing life in the Hudson Valley over different periods of time, stretching back to prehistory. These are scheduled to be open in summer 2009.

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Hours of Operation:
Tue9:30 AM5:00 PM
Wed9:30 AM5:00 PM
Thr9:30 AM5:00 PM
Fri9:30 AM5:00 PM
Sat9:30 AM5:00 PM
Sun11:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: Saturday Late Night Open to 8:00 PM on the third Saturday of the month. Free admission from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on the third Saturday of each month. Closed Mondays Closed Mondays except for selected school holidays. Holiday Hours Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22- Closed Friday, November 23- Open 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24- Open 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25- Closed Wednesday, December 26 - Saturday, December 29- Open 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday, December 30- Open 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday, December 31- Open 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (New Year's Eve at Noon Celebration begins at 11:30 AM) New Year's Day, January 1, 2013- Closed Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1720 Snow Closings & Delays During inclement weather, please call the museum at (845) 471-0589 before arriving. The telephone message will be updated with the latest snow closing and delay information.


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