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About BCM

The Bronzeville Children’s Museum is the first and only African-American children’s museum in the country.

The Bronzeville Children’s Museum was founded on August 20, 1993. Named after Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the South. In this area, they created a booming business, cultural, political and residential center known at first as Black Metropolis and later as Bronzeville.

Our philosophy of building children’s minds is reinforced by a unique guided tour format that emphasizes the educational message each exhibit is designed to achieve. We believe that this format is critical to ensuring that the hands-on play experience imparts knowledge, and that our children remember what they learned and not just that they had time to play.

The Bronzeville Children’s Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Please consider a donation to help us educate our future leaders.

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OUR EXHIBITS

Our philosophy of building children’s minds is reinforced by a unique guided tour format that emphasizes the educational message each exhibit is designed to achieve.

The exhibits are designed for children ages 4 to 9. You may select from one of the following one hour tours:

  • You Are What You Eat

    Choose this tour to learn about healthy eating and working out while having fun!

  • African American Inventors Changing Lives:

    In our ComEd gallery you can take a journey in time to visit African American inventors who made great inventions that changed our lives for the better. Learn about great inventions for Beauty products, computers, and great medical science discoveries and cures. Inventors like Benjamin Banneker from the 17th century to today’s Apple computer Engineer Donna Augusta.

  • Journey to our “S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math):”

    Tour where your mission is to discover how your world is surrounded by S.T.E.A.M. Let your imagination take flight on a journey to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

  • Tour of Bronzeville Landmarks:

    Take a tour and learn about the people and landmarks of historic Bronzeville where you can become a banker or a doctor. Some of Chicago’s most famous and influential African Americans from professional athletes, and musicians to political leaders came from Bronzeville.

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Our philosophy of building children’s minds is reinforced by a unique guided tour format that emphasizes the educational message each exhibit is designed to achieve.

Address:

9301 SOUTH STONY ISLAND AVE
CHICAGO ILLINOIS, 60617

Hours:

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY
TOUR HOURS:
10:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M., 12:00 P.M., 1:00 P.M., and Last Tour at 2:00 P.M.

Phone:

1-773-721-9301
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News

Families kick off Kwanzaa with children’s museum celebration

Written by Nader Issa, Posted 12/26/22 on READ ARTICLE on chicago.suntimes.com

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Bronzeville Children’s Museum Brings Families Together to Celebrate Kwanzaa

Posted 12/28/21 on nbcchicago.com

WGN-TV Back-To-School Kids Fair

Posted on wgntv.com

African American History Makers

CBS2 News Feature posted on cbsnews.com/chicago

Family & Heritage

Posted 12/28/21 on nbcchicago.com

In honor of Black History Month, ABC7 is showcasing the achievements of African Americans.

Published: ABC 7 News – By Hosea Sanders

A Community Jewel: Peggy Montes’

“Peggy Montes, founder, president and visionary of an important African American institution.” – Defender/Worsom Robinson

Published: Chicago Defender Newspaper

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Stay-At-Home Dad: Bronzeville Children’s Museum not typical

Peter Ludwig (right) and his pal Marty demonstrate their art skills at the Bronzeville Children’s Museum. | Howard A. Ludwig~For Sun-Times Media

Published: May 22, 2013 6:14AM, By Howard A. Ludwig

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Tuskegee Airman visits the Bronzeville Children’s Museum

Image © by NBC Chicago, No copyright infringement intended. Published: By NBC CHICAGO 5

Membership

Join our effort to bring African and African-American history to life for young people through a tax–deductible sponsorship.

You have the freedom to select the membership category that suits you the best.

  • Family $40
  • Individual $35
  • Senior (65 Plus), Grandparent and/or caregiver $30
  • Patron $100-$499
  • Sponsor $500-999
  • Benefactor $1000
MEMBERSHIP FORM

Please download and fill out the form. Mail it with your check to:

BRONZEVILLE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Press

Journalist or Media Professionals, Welcome:

If you are in need of photos, desire an interview, or need more press-related information please feel free to contact me. My mission is to educate. Exposing children to the rich culture and contributions of African Americans.

Peggy Montes,
Founder and President

bronzvlle@aol.com

1-773-721-9301

Contact

9301 SOUTH STONY ISLAND AVENUE
CHICAGO ILLINOIS, 60617

1-773-721-9301

bronzvlle@aol.com

If you want to get in touch with us, please use the contact form that you will find below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Location & Hours

    9301 SOUTH STONY ISLAND AVENUE
    CHICAGO ILLINOIS, 60617

    SEE ON GOOGLE MAPS

    WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY:
    10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, and Last Tour at 2 PM

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