The DoSeum, which replaces the San Antonio Children’s Museum downtown, is scheduled to open June 6 at 2800 Broadway. Work crews are putting final touches, and various groups such as the local chapter of the Urban Land Institute have been touring the facility. The DoSeum will be bigger and brighter than the present children’s museum, which has operated at 305 E. Houston St. for 20 years.
The DoSeum includes three two-story exhibit halls totaling 65,000 square feet. Glass facades, allowing an abundance of natural lighting, act as transitions between each exhibit hall and link visitors to another 39,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space.
The new museum acts and looks a lot like a park, with twisting and turning pathways between interactive exhibits in which children will learn contemporary problem-solving skills and creativity. Six of the exhibit spaces are permanent. There’s also a 3,000-square-foot temporary exhibit space, meeting rooms and a museum store. The DoSeum is set to serve more than 300,000 visitors each year. The facility can accommodate school visits, camps, special events and other programs.
Additionally, 500 families will have their own personal exhibit space via engraved testimonies adorning the outdoor learning area. This is just one way private individuals and groups can support The DoSeum financially. Ecologically sustainable practices are being employed at The DoSeum, whose development north of downtown is part of new residential and commercial growth in San Antonio’s urban center.
For more information, visit www.thedoseum.org.