EdVenture’s mission is to inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning.
All About EdVenture
Our vision is to create new generations of lifelong learners.
Children 12 and younger, families, teachers, caregivers and anyone who has a child’s best interest at heart.
EdVenture is a locally-managed, not-for-profit informal educational institution. We are not a state-funded government agency. Our funding comes through these main sources: 36% Donor support, 23% admissions, 16% Government support, 13% earned revenue, and 12% educational programs. Edventure is supported in part by the City of Columbia and Richland County.
Behind EdVenture’s doors, we are proud to have eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits.
View our exhibits
Our Economic Impact
Based upon local analysis and benchmarks from successful children’s museums, long-term projections show EdVenture generating $13 million annually for the local economy. Additionally, 40% of our visitors are from areas beyond the Midlands who contribute to the tourism and hospitality industries here at home.
EdVenture is designed to appeal to families and children around the state as well as visitors to the Midlands. Permanent exhibits and programs along with a vibrant schedule of changing exhibits will entice both return visitors and new arrivals. EdVenture’s average annual attendance is 200,000. Since opening on November 8, 2003, EdVenture has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Eighty percent of our visitors are families, with the remaining twenty percent attending as organized groups including school field trips, civic organizations and church clubs.
Our Educational Programs
At EdVenture, we believe in reaching out to the children of South Carolina through a variety of field trips and outreach programs. Some of the programs we currently offer include Club EdVenture, Future Leaders, EdVenture-To-Go, Camps, Hands-On, Minds On! teacher professional development program and 40 standards-based field experiences. We are continually developing new offerings and, ultimately, our goal is to develop activities with and for the diverse communities we serve.
EdVenture Wins Top Award for Museums
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has selected EdVenture as one of only ten libraries and museums nationally to receive the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Within the EdVenture Website there are links to non-EdVenture websites. When you link to third party websites, you leave our website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices nor the content of non-EdVenture websites, and the presence of such links is not intended to be an endorsement of non-EdVenture websites or their content.
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211 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Tel: 803 779 3100
Fax: 803 779 3144
EdVenture makes its home at 211 Gervais Street, Columbia and shares its campus with the South Carolina State Museum. Easily accessible from major thoroughfares into the City, the site is within a booming area known as The Congaree Vista.