Wonderscope Celebrates 30 Years
In 1989, a group of community-minded individuals set out to provide young families in Kansas City with more high-quality learning experiences by creating a children's museum. While Wonderscope would grow from a modest traveling exhibit to a place of magic and wonder today, its mission has remained the same: to spark a lifelong love of learning through the power of play.
Wonderscope was quickly a success. In its inaugural year, more than 60,000 visitors came through its doors.
Two partnership opportunities arose that would further shape its future. In 2004, Wonderscope merged with Beyond the Book, a grassroots mobile literacy program.
The second significant opportunity occurred in 2008 when Wonderscope merged with Marty Porter's museum called the Children's Museum of Kansas City.
Over the years, Wonderscope has continually looked for ways to delight and educate children.
As Wonderscope celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is only fitting that the museum embarks on a new journey to build a new museum. Wonderscope will move to its new location at Red Bridge Shopping Center in late 2019.
We would like to thank the visionary pioneers, supporters, volunteers, friends and families who have made this museum a wonderous place for generations to come!
Read more about our history and view a photo gallery HERE.