How it Began
The St. George Children’s Museum is the realization of a long awaited dream and has been a challenging project for several years. Many people have been unwavering in their goal to create a children’s museum in our community, and there was a proven public support for such a venue.
The SGCM Board was not formally organized until 2010. Prior to that time, interested citizens met sporadically to talk about what was needed, what it should contain, and how it could be accomplished. Challenges included location, funding, exhibits and receiving a non-profit, tax-exempt status. In 2010 a board was organized with the specific goals to meet these challenges.
Our New Building
By-laws, Articles of Incorporation and application for a nonprofit status were written and accepted by the board and submitted to the proper agencies. The museum was incorporated through the State of Utah in March 2011 and received notification of a non-profit status in September 2012. Several location sites were considered during this period of time, and in 2013 the City of St. George offered to rent the two lower floors of the historic Community Art building, located at 86 South Main, for a minimal annual fee.
The Lied Museum in Las Vegas was moving to a new location and was willing to donate and/or sell nearly a million dollars worth of exhibits to SGCM. Significant donations were received from the public which provided sufficient funds for these exhibits and professional transportation of them to St. George as well as enough to get the museum open.
Corporate sponsors, generous citizens and talented artists donated money, time and talent to create an attraction of the highest quality and one that would rival any Children’s Museum anywhere.