Our Mission Statement

Boats and balls float together in the stream.
Photo by Claudia Dricot.
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning.

Our Organization

The Museum & Theatre is a significant and valuable community asset, offering a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities especially developed for children ages 0-10 and the adults who accompany them.

To receive a physical copy of our annual report, please contact the Development Office at 207-828-1234 x242 or . Please click here to download a virtual copy of our fiscal year 2018 Annual Report.

Learn More About the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

Long Range Focus
After careful study of community needs, available resources, and capacity, we established four areas of focus:
  • Science Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Arts Education

Population Served
  • Our work within the Museum reaches children 6 months to 10 years of age, as well as their families and caregivers.
  • Our main stage Theatre productions include cast and crew members ages 8 to 17. Shows are enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
  • Our outreach and programming serve students and educators throughout the state, in classes from Pre-K through 5th grade.

  • One of four children's museums in the world to receive the MetLife Promising Practice Award (2012)
  • Named one of the 12 Best Children's Museums in the US by Forbes (2012)
  • Winner of the Nickelodeon's Parents' Pick Award for the Best Museum in Portland (2009)
  • Awarded Museums for America grant from Institute of Museum and Library Sciences in support of We Are Maine, a multicultural exhibit reflecting the diversity of our local community (2006)
  • Ranked #14 on Child Magazine's list of top children's museums in the country (2002)
  • Selected by Eastman Kodak as a host site for an ongoing Camera Obscura exhibit; one of fewer than 20 in the United States (1996)

Thank you for visiting.

We hope to see you at the Museum & Theatre very soon!
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