Your support is helping to make the dream a reality!
The support from our community has been amazing! From children gathering donations to the museum at their birthday parties, to local businesses supporting our fundraising efforts, to volunteers helping at our events, we've made great strides toward our goal!
We have received multiple donations from local children who asked for donations to the museum in lieu of birthday gifts.
Children from our local elementary schools have held fundraisers for the museum as well.
For our Dueling Pianos fundraiser this year, we raised $30,000+, which included over $11,000 through sponsorships by 31 local businesses.
Our volunteers were essential in making our 2022 Halloween House haunted house fundraiser a success. For two weekends leading up to Halloween, we hosted both family-friendly and scary haunted houses with entry by donation. Spooky fun was had by all!
Our museum space is currently in the "demolition" phase. Funded in part through a Capital Improvement grant from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council in Fall 2022, we have been able to embark on demolition of the interior in order to prep it for the next phase.
Phase II: White Box Construction
Our next phase is completing the "white box construction" of our space. Watch this video to get an idea of what our space will be like when the white boxing is complete.
Our End Goal
Our science and engineering water table will have an interactive hands-on Soo Locks and boat-building station.
The science and engineering water table will transition to a nature-themed water table; our nature-themed exhibit will also include interactive tree activity stations, a fish-matching exhibit, and...
..a Northern Lights exhibit. Exhibits in the nature-themed space will change seasonally, and Anishinaabe cultural connections will be woven throughout.
An infant-toddler play area will provide a safe yet interactive space for our youngest visitors and their caretakers to engage in learning together.
Our sensory room will provide a quiet space for engagement with soft elements and visual, auditory, and tactile elements that facilitate sensory modulation and coping skills.
An indoor climber will give children a safe place to get big energy out during our long, cold winters.
The Main Street exhibit will give children the opportunity for imaginative play in a child-sized grocery store, bank and medical clinic.
The Jacobsville Sandstone construction exhibit will let kids build with large foam blocks while connecting to the historical use of the sandstone excavated in the construction of the Soo Locks and the city's power canal.
The Maker Space will engage children in STEM-based play and exploration. Guided and self-guided activities will be provided, including a 3D printer and robotics.