Located in the heart of the vibrant Marina district, the new Children’s Museum Tower is a state-of-the-art facility built on the site of its former museum at the corner of First, Island and Front Streets and adjacent to the Pinnacle Museum Tower. Comprising approximately 35,000 square feet of space, the new Children’s Museum spans three storeys, and includes a dramatic three storey atrium, a concrete entrance bridge spanning 17 feet, angled saw-tooth roof structure with solar panels, tilt-up concrete panels, and a glass enclosed elevator shaft functioning as a solar cooling tower.
Features include expansive art studios, a 250 seat theatre, 2 party spaces, 6 indoor and 2 outdoor interactive galleries. Nicknamed ‘The Muse’, this building uses green, environmentally friendly architectural and infrastructural practices, including recycled building materials, solar panels, water saving devices, natural lighting and convention cooling.
The structure is considered the downtown’s first major public green building project, and was the recipient of the 2009 American Concrete Institute Commercial/Industrial/Tilt-Up Building Award.