Executive Director Nancy Schultz, an experienced educator, recognized the need for a children’s museum in Galveston to provide a venue for learning through play, where all forms of childhood education would be enhanced in an informal and enriched environment. In 2011, Nancy presented the concept of the museum to Betty Massey, the Executive Director of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, who shared Nancy’s enthusiasm and recognized the benefits of creating a place for children and their families, Island residents and visitors, to learn, play, explore, and create together.
The Mary Moody Northen Endowment generously provided the space to house the museum on the ground floor of the Moody Mansion. Nancy enlisted a creative and dedicated group of volunteers to develop the museum, plan exhibits, and procure the necessary funding to launch the museum. In April 2013, a museum preview event was held, followed by Bugfest! in May which was well received by attending families. Community leaders were selected to serve on the Board of Directors, and the Galveston Children’s Museum was legally incorporated in July 2013.
Interest in supporting the development of a children’s museum for Galveston grew quickly among firmly established community entities, including Island ETC, Texas A&M Galveston, the Galveston Restaurant Group, and UTMB. These organizations demonstrated their support of the museum by committing resources for exhibits and partnering with the museum to provide marketing support for special events. .
The museum opened in July 2014 and looks forward to providing the children of Galveston and its visitors a safe and engaging place to learn through play for many years to come.