Las Vegas, Nevada – DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is thrilled to announce that the prestigious Museums for America Program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded the Museum a $250,000 grant for the second year. Out of 568 applications and 218 recipients, DCM’s “Water World” project stood out for its merit and innovative approach to fostering lifelong learning and community engagement.

The IMLS Museums for America grants are highly competitive and provide invaluable support to museums of all sizes, empowering them to enrich their programs and enhance public service. With the funding received, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum will embark on an ambitious redesign of its popular Water World Exhibit, creating new content around water conversation and using less water for the exhibit.

Melissa Kaiser, CEO of DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, expressed her excitement, stating, “Museums for America is one of the most prestigious grant awards for museums in the country. Receiving the maximum funding of $250,000 for the second consecutive year is a testament to the project’s significance and the dedication of our team.”

This grant represents a momentous opportunity for DISCOVERY Children’s Museum to bring novel exploration, inspiration, and unique learning experiences to the next generation of young minds. The funding will serve as a catalyst for nurturing children’s potential in a rapidly changing world, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

IMLS Director Crosby Kemper shared, “It is a delight to announce the Museums for America grants for 2023 to an extraordinary group of museums, gardens, zoos, and aquariums. These funds will, in turn, put the riches of our cultural institutions within reach of many of our communities.”

As a cornerstone of the community for over 33 years, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing enriching experiences for children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The institution constantly evolves, embracing state-of-the-art exhibits and programs that ignite the spirit of discovery. “We are our community’s home for discovery,” Kaiser added, “and we are excited to continue our journey of empowering young learners through curiosity, innovation, and engagement.” After nearly a decade in our current home, we are ready for a refresh – one that can transform our museum experience with state-of-the-art exhibits and programs that ignite the fullest potential for discovery for children of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Its mission is to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit and follow on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About DISCOVERY Children’s Museum:
Celebrating more than 33 years as a nonprofit, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is the premier interactive museum in Southern Nevada. Located in Symphony Park since March 2013, the three-story, 26,000-square-foot museum features nine exhibition galleries, hosting immersive traveling exhibitions, daily programs, demonstrations, and collaborative cultural programming for all occasions. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum empowers children to explore their curiosities while addressing the core educational areas of science and nature, art and culture, and early childhood development.

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