Above is an artist’s rendering of the Children’s Museum coming to Imperial this year. (Courtesy graphic)

Imperial on route for Mobile Children’s Museum this year

Interactive museum is part of Nebraska’s 150th celebration

    First Lady Susanne Shore announced Tuesday preliminary exhibit and tour details of the Nebraska150 Celebration’s project, “Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum.” And, the announcement was good news for Imperial, one of the 42 communities in which the mobile museum will stop.
    The Mobile Children’s Museum will launch in early April from the Omaha Children’s Museum, which partnered with the Nebraska150 Celebration on the project. Tour dates and hours of operation will be announced in the coming weeks. City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said the museum will tentatively set up at the city office parking lot area.
    McCook is the only other southwest Nebraska city on the museum’s tour list. First Lady Susanne Shore said, “We created the Mobile Children’s Museum to provide a fun, hands-on learning experience for children who may not normally be able to easily access a children’s museum.” Through play, interactivity and the latest technology, Nebraska’s children will explore their heritage and envision their futures, she added.  
    The Mobile Children’s Museum is contained in a 53-foot state-of-the-art custom air-ride, double-expandable trailer that is specially designed and outfitted for traveling museum exhibits. The unit is climate controlled, has GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, its own generator and is ADA accessible. Interior exhibits will include areas where kids will build shelters and test them in a wind chamber or earthquake simulator, design their own 10-acre homestead, test their knowledge of Nebraska, create their own movie, explore toys from the past, craft their own postcards and more.

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