First published La Jolla Light
|Declan, Donovan, Zoe and Quinn play with signs at at The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego. Maurice Hewitt|
San Diego’s original Children’s Museum started out in 1983, in what is now the Westfield UTC Mall on La Jolla Village Drive. Ten years later, it moved to a downtown warehouse on West Island Avenue, and in 2008, thanks to funding from local philanthropists, it morphed into a fabulous, three-level, 50,000-square-foot space full of natural light and fresh air designed by Rob Wellington Quigley, the multi-award-winning architect also responsible for the new Central Library.
One of the first green museums in California, The New Children’s Museum has presented some terrific exhibitions over the years, but their most ambitious and wonder-filled to date is “The Wonder Sound,” which opened to the public this summer.
|Children climb a rope wall at The New Children’s Museum. Maurice Hewitt|
|At the Members’ Preview, artist Wes Sam-Bruce, his hands still covered with paint from last-minute touch-ups, introduced the New Children’s Museum’s ambitious exhibit, ‘The Wonder Sound.’ Maurice Hewitt|
|Writer Lonnie Burstein Hewitt on the ropes, negotiating a two-story spider web. Maurice Hewitt|
|nstallation assistant Scott Malosh with some of the 18,000 plywood tiles he spent three weeks hand-cutting Maurice Hewitt|
|Julie Bigboy and 3-month-old Natalie Maurice Hewitt|
|Sharon Omahen, one of the founders of the original Children’s Museum, with her husband Jim Mosher at the preview reception Maurice Hewitt|
|Judy Forrester, the museum’s new CEO/executive director Maurice Hewitt|