On Thursday, October 1st, Snøhetta and the El Paso Children’s Museum leadership unveiled the final designs of the new light-filled, lofty and playful museum in the heart of the city during a groundbreaking on the museum’s location at 201 W. Main in downtown El Paso.
Elaine Molinar, a native El Pasoan and Partner, and Nick Anderson, Director, presented the four-story, cloud-like 70,000-square foot museum. Children took part in the groundbreaking immediately after the design reveal. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, children’s museum board Chair Josh Hunt and El Paso Community Foundation President and CEO Eric Pearson spoke at the ceremony.
The historic unveiling is the latest milestone for El Paso’s first purpose-built children’s museum, a special project of the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso and other community stakeholders.The architecture reveals itself as a cloud, floating above the desert connecting all people in this important place, young and old alike. The new El Paso Children’s Museum aims to become a civic classroom and energy point for the region’s families, designed to maximize open-ended and imaginative play and exploration.