Our Brand new ¡Hola, Mexico! Exhibit is now open. Come learn and play!

We are proud to announce our newest experience project, ¡Hola, Mexico! Just opened on June, 30, 2017, ¡Hola, Mexico! is the culmination of two rounds and dozens of votes by our youngest visitors reflecting the country and culture they’d most like to see next in the Museum.

The underlying educational goals of this experience project will be to teach children about the rich diversity of Mexican cuisines, and to help children understand the interconnectedness of local farms to the dinner table in Mexico and in their own lives locally. We will create an environment within the museum in which children can play and explore Mexico by incorporating the farming experience and food preparation that surrounds the daily life of Mexican citizen in the Michoacan region. Children will be able to farm the food, learn how to prepare the food, and serve the food throughout this exhibit.

In order to allow children to have more opportunities to experience ¡Hola, Mexico!, the Museum will once again expand their summer hours. Beginning June 30, hours will be Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Museum hours through June 19 are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; children under three are free. The Museum is located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, New York.

Check out our monthly calendar of events to stay updated on activities throughout the summer! Our calendar is available by clicking here.

Funding for the experience project was provided by The Touba Family Foundation, Charles R. Wood Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match Program, and The Cohoes Savings Foundation. In-kind sponsorship for this project provided by Kellogg Karpet and Design Center.

Meet Interim Director Kate Austin-Avon

World Awareness Children’s Museum has appointed Kate Austin-Avon as Interim Director.

Austin-Avon is founder and president of Advokate, LLC, a web and graphic design, marketing and PR firm in Glens Falls, NY. She is co-founder and administrator of the Arts District of Glens Falls. She has experience with nonprofit boards as past Co-President of NorthCountryARTS and former board member of Art in the Public Eye as well as The Bridge. Advokate specializes in services for nonprofits and small businesses and does marketing and administrative work for the Glens Falls Collaborative, as well as many other area organizations, particularly in the arts field in Glens Falls. She is also a mother of two.

“I was at the ribbon cutting for the World Awareness Children’s Museum when it opened on Warren Street, and have watched its evolution with interest, as a person involved in the arts community,” says Mrs. Austin-Avon. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Founding Director Dr. Jacquiline Touba over the years, and working with the past directors and staff on the Arts District project I’m administrating.”

She adds, “I just love bringing my kids here, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to help in this chapter of the Museum’s story. I believe that the Museum is a real gem. We’re so lucky to have it here in Glens Falls. Its mission hits home harder and harder for me in light of the current political climate, and I’m proud to be a part of furthering the message of appreciation for all the diverse cultures of the world.”

Mrs. Austin-Avon wishes to emphasize that Advokate, LLC, remains fully operational during this time period, and Advokate clients can expect to see no changes in their service due to her work with the Children’s Museum.

A search is on for a full-time director, who is likely to be hired this fall.

For information about the World Awareness Children’s Museum, located at 89 Warren Street in Glens Falls, please visit www.worldchildrensmuseum.org or call (518) 793-2773.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visits Glens Falls, NY

Senator Gillibrand’s visit to the World Awareness Children’s Museum

On April 21st 2017, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the World Awareness Children’s Museum to support funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She discussed the importance of arts and humanities programs in communities like Glens Falls, and the impact a budget cut would have on arts organizations.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discusses sushi with museum visitors in the Japanese Washitsu exhibit. 

“The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow families and community organizations to help give our children the chance to experience and learn about art, music, dance, language, and literature,” said Senator Gillibrand. “If these programs are taken away, it would particularly hurt communities and towns like those throughout the Capital Region. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities give local organizations more resources to teach students on field trips, and they fund educational programming on PBS beloved by children and their families, they give veterans a new lens to understand their experiences and reintegrate into their communities. We should never allow these programs to be cut, and I will continue to do everything in my power to stand up for communities that don’t have a lot of resources and rely on these programs.”


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with World Awareness Children’s Museum Program Director, Sheileen Landrey. 

“I am very appreciative of Senator Gillibrand’s support of the Endowments. This funding supports arts organizations which in turn support local communities by offering strong, engaging programming.  The World Awareness Children’s Museum has received support from the NEH to connect with local international communities and present authentic programming. These opportunities have become available through Endowment support and we want to continue offering such strong programming to children and families in this area,” said Sheileen Landrey, Director of Programming World Awareness Children’s Museum.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks with press at World Awareness Children’s Museum

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with World Awareness Children’s Museum staff: Diane Dumouchel – Coordinator of Education & Programming, Crystal Schwartz – Museum Operations & Membership Coordinator,  Emily Kane – Marketing Specialist, Sheileen Landrey – Director of Programming, & Luke Ely – Receptionist.


We are honored that Senator Gillibrand chose to visit the World Awareness Children’s Museum in downtown Glens Falls and we appreciate all she does to support organizations like ours.

A PLACE That Brings Positive Aspects of World Cultures to Glens Falls

A Message from WACM Founder and Retired Executive Director Jacquiline Touba, Ph.D.

When I first came to Glens Falls in 1980, I had just experienced the revolution in Iran and the Hostage Crisis. Despite this difficult event, I left behind many personal friends and great colleagues at the University of Tehran where I taught sociology. After arriving here, I was surprised to hear many negative comments toward PEOPLE of the non-western world, where governments were warring against each other. If I was going to raise my daughter here, I knew I had to bring the positive aspects of world cultures to Glens Falls.

img_0145For my own daughter, grandchildren, and all the children of the region, I started the International Festival of the Adirondacks, then the International Youth Art Exchange, which eventually led to the creation of the World Awareness Children’s Museum with its go! hands-on interactive world cultural installations.

img_7379These organizations served my family well, especially my daughter who has adjusted easily to living on four continents. Now all three of my grandchildren are globetrotting and becoming world travelers. This summer, I photographed two of them in the African Marketplace at WACM before they left to live in Angola, Africa. They feel quite at home there having experienced Africa already at WACM. I know that others in the community have similar tales to tell. If the Museum has touched even a few of our children, I hope you think it is worth supporting.

At this moment in history, please support this important gem in Glens Falls, as so many have done over the years, so WACM can continue sharing world cultures with the next generation. Many thanks.

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Children’s Museum Shares Positive Messages About Diversity

While reports of bigotry, harassment and intimidation are increasing throughout the nation, the World Awareness Children’s Museum in upstate New York is helping to ensure that children hear positive messages of inclusion, understanding and diversity.

boyUpon entering the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls,  children create culturally-inspired experiences to help them form positive ideas about people with whom they share the world.  Siblings shop in the Nigerian Marketplace, placing plastic food in baskets which they balance on their heads. A family takes off their shoes to enter a Japanese washitsu to practice using chop sticks.  A toddler sniffs the offerings featured in a Turkish spice bazaar.  A grandmother gazes at the many pieces of international youth art depicting life in other countries.  These peaceful connections promote positive images of diverse cultures by planting seeds of understanding that will prepare children to be better citizens of our multicultural world.

Museum educational programs, taking place in area schools, libraries, community centers, and in the Museum itself, introduce children to topics related to geography, foods, daily activities and traditions in other countries.  These educational modules provide an opportunity to bring our diverse world to children, the mission of the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

aa-ed3Museum interim Administrator Sheileen Landrey recalls presenting a program on cultural aspects of clothing to a classroom.

“Before the program began, I had heard children laughing at a boy because of his shaved head and the way he was dressed, which were part of an Indian rite of passage and coming-of-age ceremony,” Landrey explained. “I was lucky to have an opportunity to transform the conversation while directly addressing misconceptions and bullying, showing the class that differences are worthy of celebration.”

The Museum’s next exhibition, opening in 2017, will focus on family life in Mexico.

The World Awareness Children’s Museum has been a New York State Designated Charter Museum since 1995.  Its permanent collection includes over 6000 cultural objects and 8000 pieces of international youth art from 140 countries.