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Our History

A 501(c)(3) not-for- profit charitable organization founded in 2002, we celebrate the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together. According to the Association of Children’s Museums, “There is now a new mantra – Play Equals Learning!”

Our Vision

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples believes it is a privilege to share life with a child, and is committed to nurturing bonds among families and generations. We celebrate the natural curiosity of children by offering an educational dynamic space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together.

Our Mission

“To provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together.”

C’mon is a two-story, 30,000 square foot cultural institution including permanent and temporary interactive exhibits and galleries, Backyardville, a Family Resource Library, exploration rooms, Garden Café, Museum Store, and space for staff, volunteers and ongoing operations. All facilities are designed to be fully accessible. The exhibits blend state-of- the-art technology with a replication of the natural world and human communities. Developed by experts in child psychology, this experimental play fosters creativity, curiosity, empathy and self-esteem.

Play allows children to develop the social skills needed to cooperate with others, sharpen their senses as a means for exploration, strengthen gross and fine motor skills and develop problem solving techniques.