Mission and History

The mission of Imagine Children’s Museum is to utilize playful learning to enrich children’s lives.

We are committed to:

C elebrating creativity and imagination
H elping young learners thrive
I nstilling a community connection
L earning experiences powered by play
D eveloping unique exhibits and programs
R eaching out to all children
E mbracing diversity and inclusion
N urturing child/caring adult interaction

Imagine Children’s Museum emerged in 1991 as the result of a grassroots effort to fulfill the need in Snohomish County for a place where children and their families could spend quality time together year round.

Until September 2004, Imagine operated in small leased spaces. A capital campaign—distinguished by the unwavering dedication of staff and generous donors—resulted in the purchase of a permanent home in downtown Everett. Since then, our exceptional programs, exhibits and activities have drawn over two million people from all over the greater Puget Sound area and beyond. In 2019, the last full year before the pandemic, we served more than 248,000 people through the Museum and outreach programming for local children and families. Throughout the pandemic, the Museum continued to support tens of thousands of families with playful learning programs and activities. In 2022, Imagine Children’s Museum doubled its size, opening a three-story, double-volume expansion full of state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and brand-new spaces to play. Always advancing its mission to enrich children’s lives through playful learning, it remains the only place of its kind in Snohomish County.