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Mar 15

Children’s Discovery Museum wins IAM Award for “Healthy Me” Exhibit

Posted on March 15, 2022 at 8:39 AM by Leah Rainey

The Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) won an Illinois Association of Museums (IAM) Award of Excellence for its new “Healthy Me” exhibit. IAM announced the honor Thursday, March 10 during its annual awards ceremony, held virtually over Zoom.

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Mar 03

Children’s Discovery Museum plans return to full operations

Posted on March 3, 2022 at 8:49 AM by Leah Rainey

The Children’s Discovery Museum will be open extended hours for Spring Break and resume full operations thereafter.

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Feb 14

Pantagraph Article: Watch now: Why children's museums have been left out of COVID relief funding

Posted on February 14, 2022 at 12:22 PM by Leah Rainey

NORMAL — When it comes to COVID relief and children’s museums, having enough theater seating has been the difference between getting funding and being passed over. Some Central Illinois directors are worried the problem, coupled with various other coronavirus-related capacity and loan issues, may be the difference between survival and not.

“The idea was that $15 billion would be available for these institutions that are economic drivers for their communities,” said Beth Whisman, director of the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal. “Unfortunately, the way they (Congress) wrote the grant, they eliminated a lot of medium and small museums."

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