Bronzeville Children's Museum

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Bronzeville Children's Museum
A large brick building behind black gates with and a parking lot with several parked cars
Bronzeville Children's Museum in the Calumet Heights community area of the South Side of Chicago
Bronzeville Children's Museum is located in Greater Chicago
Bronzeville Children's Museum
Location within the Chicago metropolitan area.
Established1998 (current location since 2008)
Location9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60617
(August 19, 2008–present)

9500 South Western Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Coordinates41°43′32″N 87°35′06″W / 41.725419°N 87.584904°W / 41.725419; -87.584904
TypeAfrican American Children's museum
PresidentPeggy Montes
Public transit accessChicago Transit Authority 28, X28, 95E buslines

Bronzeville Children's Museum is a museum in the Calumet Heights community area of the South Side of Chicago. It is the first and only African American children's museum in the United States. Founded in 1998, the museum moved to its current location at 9301 South Stony Island Avenue in the Pill Hill neighborhood in 2008.


Bronzeville Children's Museum (black dot) inside Pill Hill neighborhood (red border) and Calumet Heights (black border)

In 1998, Peggy Montes founded the museum in Evergreen Park, Illinois at 97th and Western Avenue.[1] A retired Chicago Public Schools teacher, she was motivated to start the museum after attending a museum convention where she visited numerous children's museums.[2] It was formerly located in the Evergreen Plaza on the lower level in a 1,275-square-foot (118.5 m2) space.[3] The relocated museum opened on August 19, 2000 in a space ten times larger and with three times as more exhibits than the prior home.[4] Construction of the new museum location was sponsored by Commonwealth Edison.[5] Jewel-Osco became a sponsor of the museum in 2000.[6]


The Museum is designed to serve children between the age of 3 and 9.[7] The museum is located away from the Bronzeville, Chicago neighborhood bounded by 26th Street and 51st Street on the north and south, respectively, and Wentworth Avenue and Cottage Grove Avenue.[3] Nonetheless, the museum was named after the neighborhood, which is the neighborhood where African Americans settled in large concentration in Chicago.[7] Although over 100 children's museums serve the youth of America, this is the only one that focuses on African American culture and history.[1]


  1. ^ a b Mathie, Frank (August 18, 2008). "Bronzeville Children's Museum reopens after move". WLS-TV. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  2. ^ Williams, L. Pat (July 23–25, 2004). "Endless possibilities...The Bronzeville Children's Museum gives youth lessons in history, hope". Chicago Defender. XCIX (056). p. 27. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Bronzeville Children's Museum". Metromix. Retrieved May 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Patterson, Melissa (August 19, 2008). "Museum a place for kids to learn; African-American history and culture the focus of Far South Side institution that just keeps growing". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, section ?. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Celebrating the inspiring stories, inventive contributions of African Americans". Commonwealth Edison. Archived from the original on May 3, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jewel-Osco announces Bronzeville partnership". Chicago Defender. May 4, 2000. p. 6. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "About the Bronzeville Children's Museum". Bronzeville Children's Museum. Retrieved May 11, 2010.