Utica Children's Museum History 1963


The Junior League founded the Museum and its first home was the basement of the Utica Public Library. Its original name was the Junior Museum of Oneida County and there was one exhibit - an Iroquois Longhouse.

Utica Children's Museum History 1965


The Museum moved to the former Department of Parks & Recreation Building at the southeast corner of the Memorial Parkway and Oneida Street. In its nine years there, the museum developed a variety of permanent exhibits and a large range of educational programs.

Utica Children's Museum History 1974


The Museum moved to the upstairs of the Valley View Country Club and in 1975 changed its name to the Mohawk Valley Museum.

Utica Children's Museum History 1979


The Museum moved to the Bagg’s Square neighborhood of Utica, in the former John C. Heiber Dry Goods Building at 311 Main Street. Exhibits were on the first floor and half of the second floor.

Utica Children's Museum History 2002


For years, three of the five floors, each floor approximately 6,000 square feet, were used for exhibit and program areas. In 2002, the fourth floor was opened and adopted by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE OS).

Utica Children's Museum History 2007


The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Utica Children's Museum History 2017


The Museum and Kids Oneida (renamed ICAN in 2019) entered into a managed services contract with ICAN handling operations, development, marketing, and facility upkeep.

Utica Children's Museum History 2020


On March 4th, ICAN and the Children’s Museum announced the museum will be moving and rebuilt at 106 Memorial Parkway in Utica. A week later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the former museum closed sooner than expected.

Virtual programming was created and provided to our community’s children, as we adopted a new way of connecting our museum to families during a global crisis.

Utica Children's Museum History 2021


The Mobile Museum rolled out to the community to “take the fun on the road” while the new museum was being built.

In October, ICAN and the Museum held a groundbreaking event for the new location.

Utica Children's Museum History 2023


The Rotunda on the new building was completed - a 4,000 square foot, 2-story glass round addition to our new home on the Parkway.