La Crosse Children’s Museum celebrates with 20th birthday party

The La Crosse Children’s Museum held its 20 th birthday party on Saturday.

Since opening its doors 20 years ago, the Children’s Museum in La Crosse has welcomed more than one million visitors.

Other local organizations joined in on the celebration. Bikers Against Child Abuse, WisCorp, local police officers and firefighters, Great River Popcorn and Orange Pearl Salon were among the groups that helped the museum celebrate two decades in La Crosse.

Kids could enjoy music from Aptiv’s Miss RemarkAble, who performed the South Korean kids music sensation Baby Shark, the La Crosse Area Girls Choir and Hans Mayer, who has performed at all 20 birthday parties the museum has had.

The museum’s founder and executive director, Anne Snow, said she’ll never forget the day she first got the keys to the 30,000 square foot building, which was donated to her by the Charles and Marjorie Collins family.

Snow said she’s grateful to all the people that’s she’s had the chance to meet over 20 years, like Gertrude Gordon who gave a $1 million naming gift to help start the museum.

Snow said the 77,000 visitors in 2018 are more than just numbers.

“Especially on our birthday I tend to get choked up, just because all of the people that it took to get us to this point. And when I think about 77,000 I think about 77,000 memories — 77,000 laughs or ‘ah ha’ moments,” said snow.

Snow said plans for the future include revamping the Mississippi River exhibit and giving the museum’s toddler area a barnyard theme.

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