CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF LA CROSSE INC

Rating: 4.65 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 207 5th Ave S La Crosse WI 54601 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide a hands-on, interactive environment for children--a family place where the young and the young at heart can explore, create, experiment, learn and exercise their imaginations.
Target demographics: Children age 1-12 with adult companion
Programs: Visitors to the Museum can learn and play via three floors of interactive exhibits. Regular programs include Wee Move, Little Learners, Save on Sundays and more. Additional programming includes summer day camps, scout overnights, holiday parties and more. School groups and child care centers visit the Museum for field trips, and children may have their birthday parties here too. The Museum welcomes approx. 60,000 visitors per year.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Now that the Childrens Museum has decided to host an adult course in Brewing Beer my family is done with them. They have forgotten their name and core values.

"learn about the science behind brewing beer from the experts at Pearl Street Brewery"

not an appropriate venue for this subject.

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I appreciate your comment about the Adult Recess: Brewology event and would like to share some more information. Children’s Museums promote the value of interactive play as boost to learning and retention. Studies show that even adults benefit from play--it helps them be more creative, more productive and more relaxed. Adult Recess is designed to get people into the Museum that normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to take advantage of the hands-on learning and play available here. The beer part of the Adult Recess: Brewology event was really focused on education. Pearl Street Brewery staff had several interactive stations showing the science and technology involved. They offered small samples and each person got only one full beverage with their admission. The event ended at 9:00 and no one overindulged while here. Everything else at the event was focused on the Museum exhibits and play. We had 200 attendees, many without young children to give them reason to visit the Museum during regular hours. They appreciated the invitation to utilize the Museum.

Rating: 3 stars  

We have been going off and on for years with our kids, so it is worth a visit. My kids have fun every time, and its a real asset to the small city of LaCrosse. However, every time I have gone, its been about a two hour experience. Maybe less. Prices for admission were recently raised to $6 a person, and with our large family, that's just too expensive if our toddler flames out after an hour. I've been to many kid-oriented museums over the years and most are bigger and better (pricier too, but worth it since you stay there all day). So while I'm sure it is a good way to spend a couple of hours with your kids, I feel the museum ought to be upgraded, or the price of admission lowered.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My son Loves the children's museum in La Crosse. He can spend 2 or more hours there every week if we could find the time to go. In fact he could probably go more than once a week. When we first were deciding whether or not to buy a membership I wasn't sure there was enough to hold his attention time and time again, but I was wrong. We recently went to another museum on our Passport level membership and it included 5 museums in one. I must say it made me see our children's museum in a whole different light. It was located in a city bigger than La Crosse and it paled in comparison. Not that there weren't things that were impressive in some of the museums but the children's museum was nothing compared to what we have here at the museum in La Crosse. I just wanted to say thanks to the Children's Museum in La Crosse because I now see how lucky we are to have such a great place to spend an afternoon. Thanks for all the exhibits and the staff who are so friendly and work so hard to keep the place clean and running. Thank you.

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We are so happy that you and your son are enjoying the Children's Museum of La Crosse! We're glad you have used the Passport level membership to enjoy other museums, and even more glad to hear how well ours compares to others you have visited. We are very fortunate to have dedicated staff and volunteers and generous supporters and members like you!

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We love the Children's Museum of La Crosse! It is always clean and safe, there are a wide variety of activities to keep infants, toddlers, and elementary school aged children engaged and involved. The activities are educational and fun and my children request trips to the museum over and over. We get the annual pass so we can go as often as we want, especially in the winter months when we need to burn some energy and there is too much snow to be outside!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My experiences at the Children's Museum of La Crosse have made it into our family memory books/photo albums...literally! It is a place that provides more than just learning and fun for the kids. It provides an opportunity for family and friends to really connect and grow together. I cherish these memories and look forward to many more!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their enthusiastic dedication to their mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome! Everyone I have met that is involved with this Museum seems to love it and excited to help it succeed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer even more amazing opportunities for an even larger number of families.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to spend there!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

What a wonderful afternoon for my niece and nephew from Phoenix it is on their list every time they come to La Crosse. Parents and aunts and uncles can relax and just let kids be kids for the afternoon. A wonderful addition to the La Crosse area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From a dream in a park Anne had this dream come true and it enhanced the whole tri-state area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the smiles

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very happy in their work which shows

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

secure its future and gurantee the area a wonderul experience for years to come.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have a 3 year old son that loves the museum. If it were up to him we would be there every weekend. The museum not only provides my son with a great place to learn, but also a safe, and clean environment thanks to the museum staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a board member. Being part of this organization has been a true honor. The way that day to day activites as well as what happens behind the scenes at the museum is top notch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have two children who have grown up with the museum, and we've been members for years. No matter how often we visit, my children are always excited for the next time. The interactive exhibits are engaging and educational, and the museum is constantly bringing in new attractions. It's a La Crosse star!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

family fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I interned at the museum during my sophmore semester at UW-La Crosse. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and one that probably shaped me the most as a professional. Not only was the staff's passion for what they do contagious, but the community embraces this organization with open, willing arms. I was surprised by how supportive other businesses were and the outpour of support we also received from visitors and friends of the museum. The city would not be the same without this nonprofit; it has helped shape La Crosse as a giving and nurturing place that cares about kids. And I would not be the same without it either.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

returning year after year to visit and noticing how they continue to reinvent themselves through new exhibits, initiatives, and events.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I met and worked with, both at the museum itself and the many wonderful volunteers who made our large event a reality!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing... contagiously passionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-7-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I served 2 terms as a Board member, and I also visit frequently with my grandkids. The exhibits are always changing, they keep the place clean, and the volunteers and staff are extremely friendly and helpful. My grandkids love it, and I notice that adults really enjoy themselves too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Listening to my grandchildren tell their parents about their trips to the museum with me, and being pleasantly surprised at the things they really learned. They have so much fun, and they actually take something important and educational away with them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None.......the staff and the Board work well together.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed meeting and working with such a diverse group of people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These are all people dedicated to their work, and they LOVE it........you can tell.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a parking lot, and create a fantastic, permanent dinosaur exhibit. Pay the employees more, put the rest in the endowment to continue to fund new exhibits and keep things fresh for the kids.

Ways to make it better...

......if the organization had more funding to comfortably afford to update, maintain and purchase exhibits for the museum..

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financing the day-to-day demands of the physical structure is a big challenge.........cleaning and maintainance, repairs and updating of computers, heating and cooling, plumbing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a fun organization to be involved with, and the Executive Director and Development Director are excellent ambassadors in our community. Everyone involved with the organization is proud to say so.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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