Welcome to Our Town!
In Our Town, children go to work on Main Street in a variety of realistic hands-on exhibits that give children the chance to role play and make believe with their parents and caregivers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment.
The 37,000 square-foot-facility in downtown Greensboro includes permanent exhibits designed to stimulate children's imaginations and provide educational play experiences.
Shop for nutritious foods, push around kid-sized carts and ring up customers using real cash registers. The Market is complete with a variety of departments including produce, bakery, seafood and meat. This exhibit was made possible by the generous donation of The Fresh Market.
Young chefs don aprons and chef's hats in the Pizza Pan, taking orders, making pizzas, and serving them fresh from the oven to customers. This exhibit was made possible by the generous donation of the High Five Club.
All the world is a stage and Our Town Theater is sized just right for thespians of all ages. Take the stage in costumes, play with a light and sound booth and put on a puppet show.
Gizmos & Gadgets
Climb aboard our real Volvo truck, pretend to drive a real police car and challenge the mind and body doing an obstacle training course. Pretend to drive a real Petty Enterprises race car and defy gravity on our rock climbing wall.
Board a real DC-9 jet for an adventure high above GCM as a pilot or a passenger and slide down the big yellow exit slide recently refurbished by TIMCO Aviation.
Climb aboard the Gate City Express! A child-size steam locomotive and dining car takes young visitors across NC and beyond. Purchase a ticket in the Elm Street Depot replica, check luggage, don a vintage hat or scarf and wait for the conductor to signal, "All aboard!" Imagination blossoms as kids order tea in the dining car while young engineers fill the water tank and shovel the coal. This exhibit was made possible by a generous donation of the Strasser Family.
The Health Center
GCM's Health Center features a Newborn Nursery, Pediatric Pals Doctor's office and a Dental Den. The newborn dolls are ready to be bathed, weighed, fed and rocked. Pretend to be a doctor or nurse wearing scrubs and stethoscopes, taking care
of cuts, scrapes and broken bones. Become a dentist checking patients' teeth for cavities and teaching them how eating healthy, brushing and flossing keeps teeth strong! This exhibit is made possible by the generosity of Dr. John and Martha Chandler and Novant Health.
This gated exhibit is designed for our youngest visitors. A safe area for children two and under, Tot Spot is filled with soft padded blocks, a variety of ride-on toys, brightly colored balls, toys to grab and manipulate, mats for rolling around on and a cool sensory tunnel to crawl through!
Imaginations bloom as children cook, clean and play house in this 1930s Fisher Park replica. Harvest eggs from chickens in the coop, hang laundry on the line, set the table, create a flower display, sweep, wash the dishes and have an afternoon picnic all without modern electronics!
Draw, color, paint, design and create unique take-home art projects using recycled materials and art supplies to create masterpieces in our newly designed Creation Station supplied by Lowes. We're always in need of donated materials! Please help us by saving and donating recycled paper and creative materials. Click here to see the Museum's Wish List of items we always need.
And now - breaking news from GCM! Anchor a newscast, give viewers updates on the Tarheels or Wolfpack games, forecast the weather and host a cooking show on WGCM-TV. You can play director with our new video monitors donated by Time Warner Cable.
Learn how homes are framed, wired, insulated and finished in this half-built house. In the basement build a house or tower with big blocks.
Learn about the outdoors and camping, pretend to roast s'mores by the fire, play the shadow flashlight game and tell stories all before getting cozy in the big tent made possible by REI.
Neither rain, sleet, snow or hail will keep Our Town Post Masters from sorting the mail, loading packages onto the conveyor belt and delivering packages to stores around Main Street in a real Post Office truck.
The Greensboro Children's Museum has been selected to be the first museum in the country to have a licensed Edible Schoolyard, a program created by Alice Waters and The Chez Panisse Foundation.
The Museum's Edible Schoolyard features hands-on, teaching gardens and kitchen classrooms where children will learn about the relationship between food, nature and life through planting, tending, growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking organic foods simply and nutritiousl