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In celebration of its 15th year, the Northwoods Children’s Museum (NCM) is offering free general admission to anyone in the community from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18.

NCM opened its doors April 18, 1998, and since then has provided a wide variety of family programs and events, hands-on exhibits and an educational toy store for families in the North Woods.

“This museum is the only children’s museum in a rural community of this size in the United States,” said Rouleen Gartner, NCM executive director. “So we really believe that the museum is owned by the community.”

Joy Long was the visionary behind the museum and,

together with her husband Mike, brought their dream to a reality and served as co-administrators until 2007. The museum is governed by a volunteer board of directors and is currently headed by Gartner who started with the museum more than 12 years ago.


“It has been so rewarding to be able to continue the tradition of this great community resource,” stated Gartner. “My kids have grown up at and with the museum. I know there are many more families that can also say this.”

The NCM serves more than 26,000 visitors each year, facilitates field trips for students that may come from more than three hours away, offers 23 interactive and educational exhibits in a non-threatening environment, and administers programs and events, many of which are free of charge.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:16 PM
Last Updated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:37 AM

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