Construction has begun on a $3.1 million project to relocate an improved and expanded Children’s Museum at Saratoga to the historic Lincoln Bathhouse in Saratoga Spa State Park.
This project will mark the third museum to join the Saratoga Spa State Park system, state officials said in announcing the start of the project. The facility’s relocation will double its space and increase accessibility for guests of all ages.
“One of the biggest priorities for my administration is to keep New York state at the forefront of tourism with all we have to offer, and the Children’s Museum at Saratoga exemplifies this goal,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “Saratoga Spa State Park is already a hotspot for visitors with world-class arts and culture venues, performances, and outdoor recreation. With the addition of the Children’s Museum, we have added yet another valuable attraction that helps children learn through interactive, educational activities.”
The original Children’s Museum at Saratoga Spa State Park has outgrown its current 8,000-square-foot facility, where it serves 37,000 people each year. The museum will occupy 16,000 square feet of the Lincoln Bathhouse, including a 4,000 square-foot interior courtyard, offering expanded space for refurbished exhibits and full Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.
The $3.1 million project is supported by private donors and a $600,000 grant from Empire State Development. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring.