The North Country Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization formed in 2012 by a group of educators with a collective vision to create a cultural and educational center for North Country families. Driven by a mission to bring hands-on learning to the community, NCCM developed a Museums Without Walls program and traveled weekly to the Clarkson University Bookstore during the school year and to festivals throughout the region during the summer. These pop-up workshops offered interactive programs for children 12 and under and their families in a wide range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) topics. In creating engaging, fun, and memorable educational experiences, NCCM provides space for children to try on the role of scientist, engineer and artist. NCCM’s commitment to hands-on, minds-on learning is reflected in our new space in the Red Barn at 10 Raymond Street in historic Potsdam, NY, which opened doors to the public in summer 2018. The museum’s permanent exhibits celebrate the cultural and geographic resources of the North Country and provide opportunities for children and their families to play and learn together.
NCCM is recognized by the Association of Children’s Museums, the New York State Board of Regents and is governed by a board of directors who oversee all areas of organizational structure and fiscal accountability. Watching an idea grow has been an incredibly rewarding experience for the staff and many volunteers who have worked to make the museum a reality. It is a great joy to share NCCM—and the wonders of learning something new—with the North Country community.