opening to the public in September 1990, the Lied Discovery Children’s
Museum has established itself as an important community resource,
becoming the metropolitan area’s major educational institution serving
children and families. To date, more than 1.5 million people have
visited the Museum and over 350,000 children have participated in school
field trip programs through tours designed to supplement the curriculum
in innovative ways. Approximately 422,000 people have been served
through outreach programs in schools, community centers, health centers
and other sites–most of which serve children and families in low-income
neighborhoods. In addition, over 147,000 people unable to afford Museum
admission have been admitted free of charge through the subsidy program.
Museum features hands-on exhibits in the arts, sciences and humanities,
a Traveling Exhibition Gallery, an Early Childhood Pavilion, and an
eight-story Science Tower in 22,000 square feet of exhibit space.
mission of the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is to provide a vibrant
and engaging environment, through exhibits and programs, where children
from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds actively
participate in playful learning environments that ignite a love of
The Museum has been recognized both nationally and statewide for the
quality of its programs:
The Early Childhood Initiative
at the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum received the American
Association of Youth Museums/Metropolitan Life Foundation’s
Promising Practices award in 1999. This is the most
prestigious award in the children’s museum field.
In October 2001 the Museum was honored to
receive the Governor’s Award in the Humanities for
its ongoing commitment to provide the community with the highest
quality programs and exhibitions in the humanities.
The Museum was selected as the host
organization for the State of Nevada for Artists & Communities:
America Creates for the Millennium - a nationwide program of
the White House Millennium Committee and the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Committee on the Arts and Humanities cited YouthWorks and ArtSmarts as national model
programs for low-income, at-risk youth in their landmark Coming
Up Taller report on programs that positively impact
The Museum was voted Best Museum in Las
Vegas by the readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal
for 13 years in-a-row.