Discovery Depot Hosts Conference For New Ideas & Networking

Discovery Depot Children’s Museum finds innovative ways to welcome new guests to the recently renovated destination.


UPDATED: Due to COVID-19 this event is postponed.

Denise Bradburn, executive director at Discovery Depot Children’s Museum, is always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance our local children’s museum. She joined a group of regional children’s museum representatives who meet annually as part of the Midwest Museums Roundtable. Having had a great experience and finding valuable takeaways from the annual conference Denise and her team desired to host the conference in Galesburg. Denise said, “I have always learned a lot from the other children’s museum professionals in this group. I learn from visiting their towns and museums. With our expansion to the second floor the time was right for Galesburg to host. I’m excited to show off our town and all we have to offer, as well as the growth of our children’s museum.”

The Midwest Museums Roundtable consists of children’s museum professionals from Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. This year attendees will travel to Galesburg’s children’s museum from Fort Wayne, Champaign, Decatur, the Chicago suburbs, Iowa City and many more museums in between. The group meets once year in different locations for networking and professional development. The roundtable experience offers new ideas and fresh outlooks on practices, engagement, sustainability and growth for museum staff and board directors. This year’s event in Galesburg kicks off on Sunday, March 22nd and the conference continues on Monday, March 23.

Denise said, “We are super excited to show off our museum and our community by hosting the Midwest Museums Roundtable Conference. Attendees come from children’s museums across Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. We were awarded the opportunity to host this conference and look forward to showcasing the approximately 100 museum staff, administrators, and board member attendees all we have to offer.”


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