Mission & History

Mission Statement:

The mission of Hands On! is to inspire discovery and understanding of science and the arts in a place where learning and fun go hand in hand.

Purpose Statement:

To become the premier regional destination for interactive discovery.

Diversity Statement:

Hands On! Regional Museum welcomes folks of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, genders, and income levels to discover where learning and fun go hand-in-hand!


logo-reflexHands On! Museum was founded in 1986 and opened its doors for the first time in 1987. Since then it has more than doubled its exhibit space and welcomed over 1.5 million visitors! Some basic Hands On! facts are:

  • 70,000 visitors each year from nearly all 50 states and several foreign countries
  • Provides 100,000 programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities
  • Selected by readers of Marquee Magazine as the best museum in the region

We host groups from forty school systems in four states:

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