The Children’s Museum of Virginia Celebrates Huge Milestone – It’s turning 40!

Museum Plans Special Events and Activities through End of the Year


Children's Museum Mascot AndaloWho remembers when Andalo, the Children’s Museum of Virginia’s mascot, opened the doors of imagination to the Museum to the delight of many eager visitors on May 22, 2011  – that was the grand reopening of its current location at 221 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Rewind back to December 1980, 40 years ago, when the Museum first opened in the basement of the Main Branch Library on County Street. 2020 marks the official 40th anniversary of the Children’s Museum of Virginia! To celebrate this major milestone, and to thank all of the generous visitors, donors, and sponsors, the Museum will be offering a series of family-friendly activities and events through the end of December, 2020.


Special 40th anniversary celebration events and programs will include:

Free admission to the first 40 visitors on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Families can enjoy creating a special themed craft in the Make It, Take It room, and see planetarium shows, To Space and Back and Zula Patrol Down to Earth. These are included with museum admission. Visitors will also have an opportunity to meet and take photos of Andalo from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

40% off on the 4th Sunday of each month of a Museum Shop purchase – Purchase one item at full price and receive the second item at 40% off. (March – December, 2020)

4 on the 4th “ – Admission is only $4.00 every 4th Friday of the month for 4 hours from  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (March – December , 2020)


Sharing Memories

Fire Truck Exhibit from 2007

2007 Fire Truck – Climb Aboard

Over the past month, to commemorate this special anniversary, the Children’s Museum has been posting a collection of fun, vintage photo memories of the Museum. The Children’s Museum of Virginia invites you to add to its collection by sharing your own memories to our Facebook Page,   Be sure to use the #CMVA40thbirthday


Other Special Events

The Museum plans to keep the celebrations alive by hosting more family-friendly events including a member appreciation social, an exciting 1980-themed occasion, and much more! Stay tuned to our Facebook Page to find out specific dates and times.


About the Children’s Museum of Virginia

The Children’s Museum of Virginia is a place where children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, and more! The Museum also includes the Lancaster Antique Toy and Train collection – an attraction for kids of all ages as well as a modernized Planetarium. It also features a Museum Gift Shop where children can take some imagination home with them. The Children’s Museum of Virginia is located at 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. For more information call 757-393-5258 or visit the Children’s Museum of Virginia website or find us on Facebook.

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