April 5, 2006
Yawkey Foundation Supports Major Renovations at Boston Children's Museum

$5 Million Grant to Establish Yawkey Center for Children and Learning

The Yawkey Foundation celebrated a major arts and cultural gift to the Boston Children's Museum at the Museum's groundbreaking ceremony on April 5, 2006.

The Museum's historic warehouse building will be renamed the "Yawkey Center for Children and Learning". This project will be a part of a major expansion and renovation that will transform both the Children's Museum and its waterfront site on the Fort Point Channel.

"This gift reflects Tom and Jean Yawkey's long-standing tradition of supporting educational institutions in Boston, especially those that have a valuable and sustained impact on the lives of young children and families," said Tom Moloney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Boston Children's Museum.

Within the Yawkey Center for Children and Learning visitors will find beautiful new versions of old favorites, such as "Bubbles" and "Raceways." There will be a new light-filled Art Studio, and new access to the Museum's famous cultural exhibitions at the Japanese House and the "Boston Black-a City Connects" exhibit. Additionally, the new art deco Shapiro KidStage will introduce children to the magic of theater and performing arts through professionally produced and directed plays and musicals.

More information about Boston Children's Museum and the renovation project currently underway on Children's Wharf can be found at www.BostonChildrensMuseum.org.