Prior to opening its doors in a new location – Symphony Park and with a new name – DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum was located in the historic Cultural Corridor in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum’s co-founders, Robin Greenspun and Mark Tratos, arranged a partnership between the Junior League of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council founding a private, nonprofit educational institution in 1984. A bond issue authorizing the building of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library and Discovery Museum in 1985 gave the museum a permanent home, which opened its doors to the public on September 9, 1990.
Over the years, the museum developed into a critical community asset that complemented and enhanced the educational experience of children and families living in Southern Nevada and was regularly recognized for award-winning exhibits and programs. More than 2.1 million children and adults visited Lied Discovery Children’s Museum. Realizing a years-long relocation plan, the new museum opened its doors on March 9, 2013 in the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center adjacent to The Smith Center in Symphony Park. Much more than just the relocation of the current museum, the new museum helps redefine Las Vegas as a city that values culture and the arts, an urban lifestyle and, most importantly, its children. Research shows that hands-on, interactive learning experiences and imaginative play in informal settings like museums help reinforce many important topics and concepts to which children learn in classrooms and books.
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