BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - What started as an idea in the kitchen more than a decade ago has come to life in a riot of color and textures as the long-awaited Knock Knock Children's Museum now overlooking the LSU lakes.
The three story, 26,000 square foot museum, located at 1900 Dalrymple Dr., held a grand opening ceremony Tuesday, August 22. Speakers included Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards.
"It's bigger and better than anyone's dreams and we're just so excited to see the look on every child's face when they come in," said the museum's executive director, Peter Olson.
The museum has 18 learning zones, or exhibits, for kids ages 0 to 8-years-old. Every exhibit is full of interactive elements to engage kids on every level and to provide teachable moments. For example, the "Crawbaby" section creates a Louisiana swamp for the museum's youngest visitors, complete with a cave full of catfish, a giant eagle's nest, and a bateau waiting for a crew.
Other exhibits feature artwork by local painter, Rhea Gary, and a 42 foot high Storybook Climber designed by world renowned Spencer Luckey.
"You think about the benefits of early education on a child's development. It's a crucial investment for a community to have something like the Knock Knock Children's Museum," said Olson.
Daily admission is $14. Family membership for the year starts at $150 and can be purchased here.
With the Knock Knock for All Access Fund, the museum also has a special $3 rate for low-income families with Louisiana Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The fund is made possible through donations and a grant from the Dodge Family Fund.
To date, Knock Knock has raised more than $13.3 million of a $14 million capital campaign. It is anticipated that the annual operating budget of the museum will be approximately $2.4 million. To learn more about the children's museum please visit, www.knockknockmuseum.org.