172 N. Main Street
Rutherfordton, NC 28139 Get Directions
Business Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
KidSenses Children’s INTERACTIVE Museum is an 11,000 square foot informal learning center which engages families with young children through fun, hands on exhibits and programs. In addition to the museum building we also have a 7,600 square foot Discovery Garden.
The museum houses fourteen exciting and stimulating exhibit areas, and offers numerous programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the arts and more. By design, the museum’s programs and exhibits support and reflect the North Carolina core elementary grades curriculum standards. We provide outreach and on site programming for schools, Scout groups, churches, day care centers, libraries, and home school families from a fifteen county region in western North Carolina.
The museum is currently developing plans to create a second facility entitled, THE FACTORY. Our current visitor profile consists primarily of families with children, from infants to age ten. We are planning an expansion to reach youth in their tweens and teens – age eleven and up. This is a very different age group which requires a different kind of museum facility to engage them. Our new 8,400 square foot addition will be called: THE FACTORY.
THE FACTORY will be a special place where youth can meet friends, ask questions, share ideas, make things, and pursue their passions. What they make and do will not only reflect their own personal interests, but will also provide connections to future aspirations. Increasingly, jobs in our region are going to reflect a STEM based economy. THE FACTORY will provide our children the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to succeed in this future work environment.
When the expansion is completed the Museum will comprise a 26,000 square foot campus.