About the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is to EMPOWER YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES.  The vision of MHCM is to create a community in which each and every child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth.  The museum is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Riverfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson, fabulous restaurants and a revitalized city waterfront park.

The museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on nature, science, literacy, art, music and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections. MHCM exhibits and programs get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering.

Key museum programs include playgroup workshops, summer camp, StarLab Planetarium shows and birthday parties. The museum is a popular field trip destination for preschool, pre-K, and early elementary grades, and offers outreach programs to local schools, libraries and community centers. The museum hosts many special events throughout the year from festive holiday celebrations to art, music and cultural programs.

In fall 2012, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum was selected by the editors of Hudson Valley Magazine as one of its "2012 Best" in recognition of its Family Free Nights every 3rd Saturday of each month between 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The Museum was also named as Hudson Valley Parent's Tops in Travel award winner for "Places to Learn."

The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization and is supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants. MHCM is a member of both the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).