New-York Historical Society Receives $5 Million for Children's History Museum

The has announced a $5 million gift from Joseph A. and Diana DiMenna for the design and creation of an interactive children's history museum.

To be built during the renovation of the society's building near Central Park, the DiMenna Children's History Museum will immerse children in American history by allowing them to explore and re-enact the experiences of young New Yorkers over the centuries. The museum will offer historical artifacts and replicas, objects and illustrations, three-dimensional pavilions, interactive elements, and a range of exhibits designed by that will invite visitors to make their own historical discoveries.

"On behalf of the New-York Historical Society, I would like to thank Joe and Diana for this extraordinarily generous gift," said New-York Historical Society president and CEO Louise Mirrer. "The Children's History Museum is a vital component of our renovation, which is transforming the historical society into a more active and engaging place for all New Yorkers. With the creation of this museum, we will be able to offer a new cultural destination for the whole family — a place outside of the classroom where children can enjoy learning about history."

"." New-York Historical Society Press Release 01/25/2010.