About the North Shore Children's Museum
The North Shore Children’s Museum is located in Peabody, Massachusetts and serves children ages 2-10.
In March of 2019, the museum was piloted with a pop-up endevour, CuriousCity, which was initially designed as a three month pop-up exhibition to test the feasibility of a children’s museum in downtown Peabody. The Peabody Cultural Collaborative (PCC) received a creative placemaking grant from the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) in July of 2018 to activate community support for a children’s museum. This original investment in the project vision leveraged additional funding from the Lahey/J.B. Thomas Foundation, the City of Peabody Department of Community Development, North Shore Bank, Eastern Bank and the Peabody Cultural Council. The pop-up garnered such interest from the community, that its time open was extended several months longer – until the covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
Based on this success, the Peabody Cultural Collaborative and the City of Peabody turned its attention to designing and funding a permanent museum, in a new location at 10 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Peabody. The new museum is set to open in early fall 2022 and will feature 13 exhibit spaces, a party room for rent, workshops, a gift shop, and much more. We can’t wait to see you there!
Mission: The North Shore Children’s Museum brings together children, families, and the community to imagine, play and learn.
Vision: The North Shore Children’s Museum creates inclusive, welcoming spaces and learning experiences that use the power of play to nurture the imagination, engage families and strengthen the community.
North Shore Children’s Museum Ribbon Cutting
Learn more about the North Shore Children’s Museum from Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Executive Director Ali Haydock, and members of the NSCM board. Thanks to Peabody Television for creating this video from our ribbon cutting November 16, 2022.
Essex County Community Foundation
JB Thomas/Lahey Foundation
North Shore Bank
Peabody Cultural Council
Mass Cultural Council