Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
Situated on the Hudson River in downtown Poughkeepsie beneath the Walkway Over the Hudson, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is an educational destination for families with young children who come from all over the region to explore hands-on exhibits on nature, science, literacy, art, music, and community.
In 2010, Dyson Foundation took the unusual step of purchasing the Museum building, cementing its permanent home on the waterfront, while continuing to provide general operating support. Additional recent funding supported installation of an elevator to bring the facility into ADA compliance, and accommodate visitors with disabilities and elderly guests accompanying their grandchildren. A Management Assistance Program mini-grant supported professional staff development and strategic planning.
The Dyson Foundation’s engagement with the Museum spans three funding themes – Economic Vitality, Nonprofit Strength, and Enhancing Education. It highlights the Museum’s role as an economic driver in the Poughkeepsie waterfront revitalization, as well as the Foundation’s long term interest in the children and residents of Poughkeepsie and beyond.