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The Story of My Museum: By Kids, For Kids

Once upon a time there was a boy and girl who discovered a place in their school that was a wonderful museum of fun, learning, and knowledge. A place where they could do things only they could dream about.

My Museum, a creative outlet of Quest Academy, is a magical journey where students are able to explore the world around them. Children are able to interact with exhibits that inspires imagination and draws on their creativity to experience what it’s like to be a surgeon, an explorer, and even enter the world of their own stories.

Best of all, the students at Quest Academy imagined, designed, and created these exciting exhibits as part of their dynamic art class instruction. Under the direction of Quest Academy art teacher and My Museum creative director Gary Mann, students in preschool through third grade contributed to what has become a magical place for curious young people. My Museum is truly a unique endeavor by children, for children.

And, by the way, they lived happily ever after.

About My Museum

My Museum was imagined, constructed, and hosted by children in preschool through third grade. It is the only museum that is built by kids, for kids. Each exhibit is both educational and play-based, which fosters curiosity, innovation, and imagination. There is no age limit to visit the museum, but the exhibit experiences are designed for younger learners aged 6 and under.

My Museum was founded by Mr. Gary Mann, with the assistance of Miss Jenny Lesiak, and is part of the Quest Academy campus. The museum is open to the public one Friday a month during the school year and more frequently during the summer. It’s a great playdate destination for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Come visit this unique space where children can play with purpose, explore their creativity, and encourage higher learning.  

My Museum is located at 500 N. Benton Street in Palatine, Illinois. Free parking is available in the plaza parking lot.

My Museum’s Summer 2024 Schedule

General admission hours
are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

June 12 June 26 July 12
June 14 June 28 July 15
June 17 July 1 July 17
June 19 July 3 July 19
June 21 July 8 July 22
June 24 July 10 July 24

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