Thinkery: Austin’s All-New Children’s Museum at Mueller
published on May 19, 2014
In December of 2013, the beloved children’s museum in Downtown Austin took on a new name—Thinkery—and moved three miles northeast to a new Austin home in the Mueller Development. At 40,000 square feet, the museum has twice as much room to focus on “STEAM” learning (science, technology, engineering, art, and math,) as well as on healthy living. It also includes a custom-designed outdoor playscape and dynamic programming, from interactive musical performances and story times to special events.
Designed by architect Koning Eizenberg and STG Design of Austin, the new steel building received a Silver LEED certification and features concrete tilt walls and metal panel siding, plus a wood bridge on the second floor. Energy-efficient design elements include a sustainable site, bicycle storage, alternative transportation support, water efficiency, and recycled material usage. Rooftop solar panels reduce energy costs and power usage.
Recently, Thinkery was the recipient of a Dell Powering the Possible grant, furthering the museum’s mission to equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. The grant includes financial support, volunteers, and equipment donation, and supports Thinkery’s new school tour program.
“An estimated 18,000 children will visit the Thinkery this semester through our school tour program and interact with technology … all thanks to support from Dell Powering the Possible,” said Executive Director of Thinkery Mike Nellis.
For individual visits, Thinkery is open 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Friday and until 6 PM on weekends. Admission is free for children under two and nine dollars each for other visitors, except for community nights on Wednesdays, from 5 to 8 PM, when admission is by donation for all. Or, purchase an annual membership for free entry year-round, including member-only Mondays.
Innovator’s Workshop: 2,500 square feet of changing science, engineering, and art activities to inspire creative problem solving and inquiry.
Let’s Grow: Encourages healthy living through nutrition, motion, and balance. Kids explore healthy food choices at the farmer’s market before jumping around the movement studio. Meanwhile, infants and toddlers explore Bloom, a garden-themed exhibit just for them.
Light Lab: A dark room where children tinker with movement, light, and color.
Currents: Water science kids can see, feel, and hear. Prepare to get wet! Children explore concepts of fluid dynamics and the connection between sound and water.
Visit thinkeryaustin.org to learn more.
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