Bren and Melvin Simon

A gift of Bren and Mel Simon in memory of their son, the Max Simon Comic Book Collection was the basis for the 2008 exhibit Comic Book Heroes.

Bren and Mel Simon’s support of The Children’s Museum centered primarily on gifts related to the passion that their late son, Max Simon, had for comic books, their creation, and his extensive collection. In 2007, they established and endowed the Max Simon Comic Book Collection through their donation of Max’s extensive comic book collection. They then offered generous financial support to create Comic Book Heroes featuring the Max Simon Comic Book Collection, an arts-based exhibit in which Max’s collection was displayed with exhibit elements and interactives that taught children and families about the history of comic books, the art behind their creation, and the passion that Max Simon had for collecting them.

Through a generous bequest in his estate, Mel Simon has provided resources to enable the museum to create a permanent installation of the Max Simon Comic Book Collection and Comic Book Heroes in the Carousel Wishes and Dreams exhibit.