Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) opens its new location at 15 Henry Thomas Drive in City Park at noon on Saturday, August 31. The 56,000-square-foot building sits in an 8.5-acre campus filled with lagoons, decks, bridges, and indigenous plants.
LCM opened at its current Julia Street location in 1986 and receives approximately 147,000 visitors annually. The Julia Street location closes on July 27, about a month before the new location opens.
The new building has been in the works since 2016, but Julia Bland, chief executive officer of LCM, said the move is still “going to be bittersweet.”
“The museum on Julia Street represents cherished memories for so many,” Bland said in a press release. “But we know our new site will continue to create memories and educate while providing even greater access and opportunities to the community.”
The new museum offers five new interactive exhibits, and it re-interprets old favorites from the Julia Street location, including the grocery story and bubbles exhibits.
“The new location will allow us to better meet the needs of the community as well as improve geographic access and connect children to nature in a way we haven’t been able to before,” said Bland.
LCM is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $14.