Southern California Program

Zimmer Children's Museum

Arts and Culture
Los Angeles, CA
June 2019

Founded in 1991, the Zimmer Children’s Museum is one of only three children’s museums in Los Angeles County.  Its location on the ground floor of a mid-Wilshire district office building presented many challenges for visitors, including limited weekend and holiday hours, parking restrictions, and inadequate physical space for children and families to interact with exhibits and one another.  After several years of planning, the organization is moving to the Santa Monica Place mall where it is opening a 21,000 square-foot museum named the Cayton Children’s Museum this summer.  While all ages will be served, exhibits will cater to children ages 0-10.  They will be organized by five thematic areas, invite discovery, and teach children about universal values such as respect, responsibility, and sharing.  The facility will also feature an art studio, theater, and multipurpose rooms, and accommodate as many as 250,000 visitors annually.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will help support exhibit design and fabrication as part of the capital campaign.

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