Museum History


Children's Discovery Museum History

Since its founding in 2002, the Children’s Discovery Museum has worked hard to carry out our mission to foster lifelong learning through the joy of play. In that time, the museum has brought together more than 200,000 children, students, parents and educators to connect, play, and learn together. As attendance continued to grow, the museum started to outgrow the original downtown location.

Starting in 2013, the Board of Directors began the journey of planning to move to expand the facility based on a new strategic mission. On August 16th 2014 the Children’s Discovery Museum closed the Main street location and embarked on an age of transition.  

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Time of Transition

The Children’s Discovery Museum will call 1205 Sam Houston (also formally known as the Playhouse Movie Theater) its new home. CDM is not just relocating but is transforming the delivery model for an entirely new experience. During the time of transition, the museum will focus on a “museum without walls” model where instead of visiting us for creative learning experiences; we will bring the educational programs and activities to you at community events, in schools, and at various locations around town. 

As CDM is transforming, exhibit design, fabrication, and installation will be finalized and additional staff members will be recruited and trained. With 14,680 square feet the museum will triple the size of our operating space in order to have much more to offer in terms of innovative exhibit spaces, daily programming, inspiring outreach programs and much much more! 


On March 11th, 2017, CDM opened its doors to nearly 800 community members as we celebrated our Grand Re-Opening!