New location for Tulsa Children’s Museum making headway

TULSA, Okla. — Excitement is building for the opening of the new Children’s Museum and Discovery Lab on Riverside.

Construction is already well underway and will be the newest addition to the Gathering Place. Dr. Ray Vandiver, the Executive Director of Discovery Lab, says they expect to be 50 percent done with the construction in March and expect to open the facility in the fall.

The new location will replace the site at Owen Park and will be five times bigger and have over 50,000 square feet of interactive learning and displays. Vandiver says there will also be a 20,000 square foot exhibit hall that will be divided up into galleries for children and families to explore things like science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Vandiver says the 50 million dollar project has been possible through private and public donations, and will support the Tulsa community, schools, and surrounding areas. Vandiver says the Discovery Lab will also house, develop and deliver programming for the Tulsa Public School Stem Center. He added, “it’s been gratifying seeing the support of the Tulsa community to plan for, design and build this new opportunity for children and families.”

Staff say they anticipate more than 250,000 visitors annually and will begin selling memberships for the new location on July 1st.

The current site for the museum in Owen Park is expected to close in October.