Join us for Earth Day - Playing it Forward with Pollinators on April 20 from 10a-2p. Included with museum admission.


Learn about CMOM

Where learning is child’s play.

We inspire children to explore, imagine, and create – growing minds and filling them with endless possibilities.

Our History

The Children’s Museum of Memphis Founders

  • Mars Child (Widdicombe)
  • Polly Glotzbach
  • Harriet McFadden
  • Jack Jones (Museum Incorporation)
  • Harry J. Phillips, Sr.

Thanks to the vision and support of The City of Memphis – Richard C. Hackett, Mayor



Children’s Museum Planning Group formed


The Children’s Museum of Memphis incorporated as a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 educational corporation


The museum signs a $1 lease with the City of Memphis for the National Guard Armory complex


After raising $3 million for construction, opened to the public on June 16


Finished a $6 million capital campaign (raised $7.2 million) to expand the museum by 16,000 square feet. Groundbreaking ceremony and construction began on March 23.


Museum expansion completed and opened on August 3


“H2Oh! Splash” park opened


“Outdoor PlaySpace” opened


Museum agrees to restore the 1909 Dentzel Grand Carousel


The Carousel Pavilion at The Children’s Museum of Memphis opens its doors

More about our history

History buffs, read the story of how the Children’s Museum of Memphis got its start in the National Guard Armory. Then, dig deeper into the story and timeline of the Grand Carousel.

Open Today:

CLOSED 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm

Groups Today:

AM 0 Students 227 Students 171 Students 330 Students 345 Students 0 Students 0 Students
PM 0 Students 0 Students 0 Students 66 Students 0 Students 0 Students 0 Students

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