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History and Mission

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The History of the Terre Haute Children's Museum

The Terre Haute Children's Museum opened its doors in 1988 in the basement of the Central Christian Church. Since its early beginnings, it has more than doubled in size and has educated over 230,000 adults and children from over 22 counties in Indiana and Illinois. The Museum's reach extends far beyond its doors by serving the Wabash Valley schools with traveling exhibits focused on weather and space. The Museum has been the recipient of National Science Foundation Funding. It also participates in a national consortium of 14 science and technology museums.

Counties Served in Our Area

Indiana (West Central)

Vigo
Parke
Warren
Fountain
Clay
Vermillion
Putnam
Sullivan
Greene
Owen
Knox

Illinois (East Central)

Vermilion
Edgar
Clark
Crawford
Coles
Cumberland
Douglas
Shelby
Effingham
Jasper
Lawrence

Mission:

To enrich our children's lives through the exploration of science and technology.

Vision:

To create a fun, dynamic science and technology learning environment of the highest quality, which serves as a point of community pride.

Values:

  • Education: We seek to inspire children and awaken their curiosity in the exploration and interaction with science and technology.
  • Integrity: We foster an environment of trust, and we embrace the very highest moral, ethical and quality standards in all our actions.
  • Innovation: We believe that our ability to be creative and innovative is contingent upon the creation of collaborative relationships between education, industry, and community.
  • People: We recognize that we are all about people. We strive to enhance their quality of life by providing a unique learning environment.
  • Leadership: We acknowledge, as leaders, our responsibility to be community-sensitive in the conduct of our service and the decisions we make.
  • Respect: We value the contribution of our volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, community, visitors, and donors. We recognize their important contribution to our mission.
 

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