2015 Renovation Frequently Asked Questions
How long will CMA be closed?
CMA will be closed from August 1, 2015 until late 2015. We will announce an official opening date in the fall.
What will be included in the expansion?
The Museum floor will receive a complete refresh, which will include a new, interactive climbing structure, art and music room, build-it lab, and a second floor mezzanine dedicated to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning. As part of this $8.2M project, the following highlights will be included:
- As the Museum’s signature new central exhibit, “Gateway to the World” will raise visitors’ experiences literally to the moon. Designed as a two-story climbing structure, this exhibit will invite children to climb through the layers of the earth and enter a one-of-a-kind, child-powered, rotating globe! Six interactive continent-shaped tables will surround the base of the structure engaging children in a variety of hands-on activities to discover geography, geology, astronomy, physics, aerodynamics and more.
- “Step Up To Science” will be located on the new mezzanine level to bring science, technology, engineering and math to life! Visitors can conduct real science experiments and watch cool demonstrations at a permanent science bar and more.
Revitalized Learning Zones:
- All of the current learning zones will be enhanced with new components and state-of-the art technology. Once renovated, the Museum will feature many beloved favorites, alongside new surprises.
- “Tools for Solutions” explores the science of building through four learning environments, teaching visitors that even the most complex problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools. Children hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. This multi-layered zone will reach all ages by incorporating building workshops in a new lab into the Museum’s regular programming, featuring a new construction house to teach what is “behind the walls” and offering additional opportunities for designing and building.
- “Fundamentally Food” will strengthen visitors’ understanding of how food functions as an integral part of daily life. Educational programming and role-play opportunities on the farm, in the grocery store and in the new “Village Diner” area will promote an understanding about the path of food from farm-to-table, introduce food as a significant aspect of all cultures, address the importance of food as it relates to health and well-being and more.
- “Let Your Creativity Flow” will encourage children to experiment with music and explore the visual arts in a flexible, small group setting. Lessons incorporating various media and the use of musical instruments will encourage each young visitor to find and hone their creative genius. Additionally, this will house the new “Maker Space,” which will provide a place to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. This program will feature extensive opportunities for partnership with schools and child development centers.
- “Leaping into Learning” will continue to provide the Museum’s youngest visitors with many opportunities for self-discovery and development of self-confidence. This learning zone will engage visitors through tactile experiences and fun ways for pre-walkers to explore the world around them.
What will the new Children’s Museum of Atlanta look like?
What do I do about my membership?
Memberships expiring on or after August 31, 2015 will be put on hold during the renovation and resume upon reopening. A bonus 2 months will be added onto memberships. (ex. Memberships that expire in October 2015 will be extended to April 2016)
What additional benefits will I receive now that the Museum is closed for renovations?
- Bonus months! Because the Museum will be closed this fall, all memberships expiring on or after August 31, 2015 will be placed on hold during the renovation and resume upon reopening. A bonus 2 months will be added onto memberships. (ex: an October, 2015 expiration will now expire in April 2016).
- Members will receive discount admissions to The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, The Georgia Aquarium, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta History Center and more. Watch for more details.
- Membership Days in the Community. This fall, our Imaginators and Visitor Services Team will take some of our favorite programs out into the community. Look for us at libraries, bookstores, festivals, and community centers. We will even hold special Members Only days at select locations. Follow us on social media and learn more about the Museum on the Move!
- Sneak Previews! Be the first to see the NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Members will receive exclusive sneak peeks before the Museum opens to the general public. Sneak Preview dates and times will be announced in the fall.
Can I become a member during closure?
Yes! There are great reasons to become a member during closure – we recommend that you become a member during closure as prices will increase once the new space opens. Also, members will receive exclusive sneak peeks prior to the Museum’s grand re-opening and special membership events throughout the year. Once a guest is in the Museum, there are no extra fees for classes, performances, science experiments, etc.
Will general admission and membership prices increase once the Museum reopens?
Yes. The Museum has always kept the price of admission as low as possible. When we reopen, the cost of general admission will increase slightly. Becoming a member is the most cost-efficient way for you and your family to enjoy the Museum. Once a guest is in the Museum, there are no extra fees for classes, performances, science experiments, etc.
More question about your Membership?
I only recently purchased my membership. Why didn’t anyone tell me the museum would be closed?
As with all large construction projects, there are many moving parts and senior museum staff was not in the position to make the announcement prior to April 28. Because of the closure, all memberships that expire on or after August 31, 2015 will be placed on hold during renovation and extended for two additional months after the Museum reopens.
Will you have any member parking?
The renovation is not able to include dedicated museum parking. Several parking decks are conveniently located in downtown Atlanta. We recommend the covered parking deck at the American Cancer Center on John Portman Blvd. or the aLoft parking lot on Williams Street and Baker St. You may also park at the World of Coca-Cola or the Georgia Aquarium.
Will there be more member events?
Yes. We plan on hosting more members-only events once the new space reopens.
Will the Museum still be available for On-the-Go and other community programs?
Yes! As a matter of fact, we will be in the community more than ever during closure. Contact the education department at 404-527-5967.
Where can I find CMA during closure?
The Museum will be on the move during closure! The best way to find us is to check the calendar or follow us on social media.
Will you offer parking?
The Museum does not own its own parking lot. Several parking decks are conveniently located in downtown Atlanta. We recommend the covered parking deck at the American Cancer Center on Baker St. or the aLoft parking lot on Williams Street and John Portman Blvd. You may also park at the World of Coca-Cola or the Georgia Aquarium.
Will you have food on site?
The Museum will offer vending machine options. Guests are welcomed to bring their own food and drink and enjoy a meal at our picnic tables. If guests choose to leave the Museum and visit one of downtown Atlanta’s many family friendly dining options, they will simply need to have their hands stamped in order to re-enter the Museum.
What’s the new age range?
Our age range will remain 0 – 8 years old. However, with the inclusion of a permanent STEAM exhibit and increased STEAM programming, the Museum will better engage children in the higher age range.
Will the Museum hours change?
During opening month the Museum will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Following opening month Museum will resume regular business hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Will the Museum continue to do Target Free Second Tuesday?
Yes, the Museum will continue to provide free access to the community on the second Tuesday of every month through Target Free Second Tuesday. During our closure period, the Museum will continue the program out the community. Follow us on social media or visit our website for details.
Will ticket prices change?
Yes, there will be a slight general admission price increase when the Museum reopens. Becoming a member is the most cost efficient way for your family to enjoy the new Museum. As always, once a guest is in the Museum, there are no extra fees for classes, performances, science experiments, etc.
Will you offer more classes?
Yes. With the addition of a new art and music room, build-it workshop/makers space, and science bar the Museum will offer many new class options.
Will you still offer birthday parties?
Yes. As a matter of fact, we will offer a wider variety of birthday party options once the Museum reopens.
How can I volunteer/apply for a position with the Museum for reopen?
Click here for information on employment and volunteer opportunities and processes.
How can I contribute to the capital campaign?
Click here for information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution.