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Celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2023


Square feet of our new glass rotunda


Square footage of the second floor


Brand new galleries are being created

A Shared Mission

A longtime partnership with The Community Foundation and a synergetic collaboration with ICAN has led to a complete renewal for our museum. Together we can create equitable opportunities for our neighborhoods, our families and our region’s economy.

Utica Children's Museum Universal Design
Utica Children's Museum Universal Design

Universal Design

Our museum is the first in the country to be guided by Universal Design from conception through completion. Universal Design (UD) is a process that empowers diverse populations by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation. This approach addresses barriers faced by people with disabilities and other populations the design process typically overlooks. To learn more about Universal Design visit our partners at the University at Buffalo Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.

Our Partners

We have assembled a team of local, regional, and national experts who are providing trusted guidance and championing the museum’s reinvention.

Hands On! Studio

Hands On! Studio is an exhibition master planning and design firm specializing in children’s museums and science centers. Hands On! Has been designing projects nationally and internationally for more than 30 years.


An integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and construction management firm in Albany, NY, CSArch specializes in collaborative mixed-use projects with a focus on education and designing spaces for children that support 21st century learning. Through a collaborative process built on strong client relationships, CSArch creates spaces that have enduring, transformative impact, that maximize resources and deeply impact the people who experience them.

University At Buffalo

Based at the University of Buffalo, this center is helping us plan the first museum in the nation to focus on both building and exhibit design that is fully inclusive and Universal Design certified.

Gaetano Construction

A part of the Utica business community for over 50 years, they are a full-service General Contracting, Construction Management, and Design Build construction firm.