25 things about the Museum

The Museum is a magical place with a long history of FUN stuff! We’ve been open almost 20 years! So we’ve read everyone else’s 25 facts, we thought we would share our fun facts with YOU!

1. Our wood working room is 100% green, all the wood we use is recycled!

2. The C.M.E. is a non-profit organization run by a small army of volunteers and a small, dedicated and underpaid professional staff! (People who love kids and families!)

3. The first major project in the Museum’s history was replacing the whole Main Exhibit Hall floor! We tried scrubbing out the oil stains from the fire engines, but the boards were soaked through and had to be destroyed!

4. Our elephant, a long standing resident in the “Wild Place” is named “Rising”. He is a young male african elephant who was created by a young art student from the College of William and Mary.

5. Executive Director Paula is one of the four original founders!

6. When the Museum was still a fire station, adorable dalmatian puppies were born in the basement!

7. The Museum now sees over 50 thousand people who come through the door each year!!!
8. The Wild Place Gazebo was created by “Romancing the Woods”

9. The “Look into Infinity” is one of our original exhibits and has been here since the Museum first opened to the public in 1991
10. We use 3 different types of paper towels!
11. The exact location of the museum is Latitude 42.02 Degrees north/Longitude 71.12 Degree’s west

12. Our current coat closet is the former staircase down to what is now, the FETCH Lab!
13. This year will be our 15th Annual Fathers Day Road Race!

14. Years ago, one artist was so dedicated to the Museum she used to sleep in the attic and work on projects!

15. 24 golf balls can be found racing down the Golfball Raceways at any time!

16. 6 stuffed dalmations are the permanent inhabitants of this old fire station

17. The Museum is capped by a still functioning (but closed to the public) Fire Tower

18. The “Enchanted Forest” is where the area Civil Defense Dept. used to have their local office.

19. There are 68 stair steps in the Museum

20. We do not kill the insects in our FETCH! Lab Bug Viewer or our “Wild Place” insectarium!

21. Our brass firepole is the ORIGINAL, many lives have been saved after courageous men slid down it!

22. Television Star Ruff Ruffman has visited the Museum 3 times! (along with with 3 different cast members from his show FETCH! on PBS)

24. Television shows; “Chronicle” and “SuperNanny!” have both been filmed at the Museum! (Look for us on SuperNanny! soon)

25. Originally, only two floors of the Museum were open to the public.

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