The New Kaleideum Children’s Museum Is Open

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Soaring five stories in the air and nearly 70,000 square feet with an expansive rooftop, the new Kaleideum, which will have its Grand Opening on February 17, 2024, stands on the corner of Third Street and Town Run Lane. Inspired by geometric forms and triangulated shapes as in a kaleidoscope, the new children’s museum is a fusion of art and innovative design. The museum’s mission is to “inspire wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in our children and community through interactive play and discovery.”

Exterior of Kaleideum
The new Kaleideum in downtown Winston-Salem will be full of fun and wonder.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Framed: Step Into Art

Kaleideum opened its doors on February 17, 2024, featuring a traveling exhibition created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. The exhibit, Framed: Step Into Art, invites visitors to step inside the framework of famous paintings. Climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s “Camp at Lake O’Hara,” add corn husks to the flower tower in Diego Rivera’s “Corn Festival” and enter Clementine Hunter’s “Big Chicken” to get behind the reins of a giant rooster. Visitors experience art like never before!

Saying Goodbye To The Old And Welcoming The New

The old Kaleideum Downtown, at 390 S Liberty, closed in April 2023. Kaleideum North, 400 W Hanes Mill, closed permanently on December 31, 2023. The new Kaleideum, at 120 W Third Street, will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Kaleideum Members will have two days of early access before the museum opens to the general public. Grand Opening Members-Only days are noon to 5pm on Thursday, February 15, and 9am to 5pm Friday, February 16.

Cost and Membership

Tickets for Kaleideum are $15 per adult, $12 per child, and $13 per senior and are on sale now for morning and afternoon sessions. Children 11 months and under are free. Visitors are encouraged to buy tickets online, and members are urged to reserve them for the Grand Opening. Morning Entry tickets and Afternoon Entry tickets. Museums For All Pricing, $3, will be available at the Welcome Desk the day of the event upon presentation of an EBT, WIC, or Link2Feed card.

Memberships range in price from $125 for a single to $500 for a Super Plus and come with several benefits, including Members-Only Mondays, starting April 1. Memberships purchased on or before February 16, 2024, will have access to the Grand Opening Members-Only days. Membership information.

New Exhibits

Kaleideum has planned nine new exhibits that are hands-on and open-ended, so you can always create or discover something new with each visit. The exhibits are perfect and appealing for visitors of all ages and abilities. They are a blend of hands-on exhibits, interactive displays, and educational programs that fuse science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines. They will encourage creativity, discovery, exploring, and questioning. These are the new exhibits.

By Design

Think about how you will leave your mark. What will you design? A building, a piece of art, a dance, a dress, or something else?

In Motion

Learn about the way things move. Build a race car, generate electricity by riding a bike, or design a roller coaster.

Our Nature

Investigate animals and nature. Study bird feathers or reptile scales, or pretend you are a wildlife veterinarian.

Wonders Of Water

Water room in Kaleideum
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Experience water in all its forms. Sculpt an ice block, control a waterfall, and play with light in a fog tunnel.

Little Learners

A cozy play space for babies, crawlers, new walkers, and their caregivers. A relaxed space full of natural light and soft surfaces.


Storytelling room in Kaleideum
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Tell a tale with shadow puppets, invent sound effects, or create an animation. Experience storytelling.

Digital Dome

Go places you never imagined and feel like you are there, like traveling through space or inside a human body.

Try It! Studio

Imagine, try, fail, create, and just have fun in this changing space with activities such as construction, theater, robotics, ceramics, and more.

Rooftop Adventure

Playground on roof of Kaleideum
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Climb the fantastic play structures and feel like you are on top of the city. Use the bridge, rooftop track, and cocoon swings. Fun for children and adults. Rooftop Adventure will open in summer 2024.

The Mount Robotics Center

The museum will also be the new home for the Mount Robotic Center. A facility where children learn about the construction of robots and technology. This center increases their interest in STEM education. It also teaches young people about business plans, marketing, budgeting, and more.

More Exploring and Discovery

We are thrilled with the opening of the new downtown Kaleideum and all the exciting exhibits it has. There is more to discover in Winston-Salem. Explore one of the many beautiful museums we have in our area and see what you can find.

Which exhibits do you think your child will like the most? Tell us in the comments.

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