People

Leaders

Remarkably, for an institution that has been operating since 1925, The Children’s Museum has had only five staff leaders. Their titles have changed through the years from Director to President and CEO, but each person has left a legacy of achievement and played a significant role in the museum’s evolution from a small local attraction to the largest children’s museum in the world.

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Board of Trustees

While President and CEO Jeffrey Patchen is responsible for directing the museum’s day-to-day operations, the museum is governed by the Board of Trustees. Comprising no fewer than 24 members and no more than 35, the Board of Trustees also hires...

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The Museum Guild

For more than 80 years the Children’s Museum Guild has been invaluable to the museum, providing volunteer help and fundraising assistance. On the following pages you will find a historical overview of the Guild, as well as a chronological list of its presidents.

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Donors

The generosity of individuals, families, foundations, businesses, and government agencies makes possible the museum’s exhibits, programs, and special events. What follows are brief profiles of some of the most transformational donors, past and present.

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Community Partners

From an early relationship with the Indianapolis Public Schools system to its current partnerships with neighborhood development groups, and government and social-service agencies, The Children’s Museum has developed and maintained strong ties with community partners.

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Celebrities

The museum’s innovative exhibits and programs have attracted well-known figures throughout its history. What follows are capsule descriptions of some of the celebrities who’ve visited the museum through the years.

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