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Experience Children’s Museum

About Us

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Inspiring Creativity

For 27 years.

The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is a place that has been inspiring creativity and imagination in children for over twenty five years. The museum is a non-profit organization located in the Downtown Erie. The museum is a place where children can become a ship captain, showcase their artistic flair, and be a part of a kid-sized community.

Our Mission

Create. Explore. Imagine. Play!

To engage children, families, and our community from all backgrounds in play-based educational experiences that inspire creativity, exploration, and imagination.

To our achieve our mission, we believe in:
  • Create – Creating something new and solving problems, inspiring innovation
  • Explore – Investigating new situations and boosting sense of confidence and competence
  • Imagine – Seeing things in a new way and developing the ability to think unconventionally
  • Play – Learning, growing, and developing critical skills

Board of Directors

• Jenna Bickford, Erie Insurance Group – President
• Dr. Karinna Vernaza, Gannon University – Vice President
• Bobby Scalise, Erie Insurance Group – Treasurer
• Melanie Ford, Penn State Behrend – Secretary
• Scott Beilharz, Erie Insurance Group
• Jana Ranus, Wegmans
• John Bongiovanni, Northwestern Mutual Financial North
• Rebecca Brumagin, Town of Mina
• Katrina Byrd, Strong Vincent Middle School
• Julia Herzing, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett
• Andrew McVeagh, Wabtec Corporation
• Pete Austin, E.E. Austin & Son, Inc.

• Jennifer Weigold Geertson, PNC Bank

Audited Financial Statements (AFS)

Click on any year to view and/or download the Audited Financial Statement for that year.

990 Statements

Click on any year to view and/or download the 990 Statement for that year.

Visitor Information

A hub to create, explore, imagine, and play.


Directions & Parking

Hours & Admissions