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Stats and Trends

Did You Know. . .

  • There are 341 ACM Children's Museum Members, representing a total of 23 countries. Approximately 24% of these children's museums are in the start-up phase.

  • Including children's museums, businesses, individuals and museums with programs for children, ACM has a total of 510 members.

  • According to the 2006 ACM Membership Survey, nearly 30 million children and families visit children's museums..

  • Sixty-three percent of children's museums are located in urban areas.

  • Twenty-three percent of children's museums are located in suburban areas.

  • Fourteen percent of children's museums are located in rural areas.

  • Seventy-five children's museums are flagships in downtown revitalization projects.

  • Sixty-nine ACM member children's museums are undergoing a capital campaign in order to build a new facility or expand an existing facility.

  • Four percent of ACM children's museums are accredited by the American Association of Museums.

  • Nine percent of ACM children's museums have built or are in the process of building a green children's museum facility.

  • In 1975 there were approximately 38 children's museums in the United States. Eighty new children's museums opened between 1976 and 1990. Since 1990, an more than 130 have opened. There are approximately 80 children's museums in the planning phase.

  • Outreach programs in ACM member children's museums extended to more than 3.9 million people in 2000 and
    5.3 million in 2004.

  • The largest children's museum is The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which has a total of 433,000 square feet.

  • The oldest children's museum is the Brooklyn Children's Museum, which opened in 1899; the children's museum field is 108 years young!

*Data taken from the 2005-2006 ACM Membership Directory. Click here to order the directory.

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