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Our Mission

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum will engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.

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Our History

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, opened to the public in 1979 in a quaint 5,500 square foot Victorian mansion located in the demographic center of the St. Louis region. Founded by two volunteers, Barbie Freud and Jody Newman, the not-for-profit museum was created as the first totally participatory museum designed just for children.

Over the years, The Magic House has grown from a small local museum to one of national prominence. Having undergone several major expansions, the Museum now houses 55,000 square feet of exhibits and serves over 560,000 visitors annually.

Throughout its history, education has been at the core of The Magic House’s mission. Over 60,000 children visit the Museum each year for curriculum-enriching field trip experiences that support classroom learning and meet state and national standards. An additional 25,000 children participate in the Museum’s outreach programs that take place in area classrooms, libraries and hospitals. The Museum is dedicated to inclusion and serving those children in the St. Louis community who have the fewest opportunities. All Title 1 schools receive free programming; approximately one-half of all students are admitted at no charge through the Museum’s Access for All Initiative.

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