Portland Museum expanding learning experience with Louisville’s first children’s museum


As one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods attracts development investors and Hollywood movie productions, the Portland Museum is launching “AHOY!”, or Adventure House of You.It’s a new learning experience for youth and the city’s first brick-and-mortar children’s museum.” I do think that people relate museums to just learning and a specific kind of learning,” said Katy Delhanty, executive director of the Portland Museum. “This is the type of space that is going to break free from all those constraints.”A Victorian-era house adjacent to the museum on Portland Avenue will transform into colorful indoor and outdoor themed exhibits extending to Lytle Street. The experience is rooted in fun and play while paying homage to proud and painful memories in Portland’s legacy with the Ohio River, including the 1937 flood.“Give kids information and help them learn without knowing that they’re learning,” said Danny Seim, director of AHOY! “They’re just absorbing and being inspired.”Creator, Danny Seim, was inspired by his own children’s wishes for a permanent youth activity center in their neighborhood.“Why drive three hours to Nashville, Cincinnati, and St. Louis for this stuff , when it should be happening right here in Portland,” said Seim.Seim also felt it was an opportunity to let young people explore their history and have a say in their future.“I think it’s time we make the youth of Portland and the west end at large ambassadors of their own community,” he said.The project is being developed in collaboration with Weber Group, a construction and design firm whose founders are natives of Portland. The first phase of the project is nearing completion with help of a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation. Though there’s a $10 million price tag, museum officials encourage donors to make a key investment in a timeless initiative that aims to inspire youth to dream big.“They’ll help design, use, think and be part of this, but it’s going to help them bring that mentality home with them,” said Delhanty. “It’s also positive for tourism and enables the neighborhood to feel a sense of pride and joy in sharing their community with outsiders.”The project will be completed in four phases. The first phase is underway and construction on the groundwork is expected to begin next year.

As one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods attracts development investors and Hollywood movie productions, the Portland Museum is launching “AHOY!”, or Adventure House of You.

It’s a new learning experience for youth and the city’s first brick-and-mortar children’s museum.

“I do think that people relate museums to just learning and a specific kind of learning,” said Katy Delhanty, executive director of the Portland Museum. “This is the type of space that is going to break free from all those constraints.”

A Victorian-era house adjacent to the museum on Portland Avenue will transform into colorful indoor and outdoor themed exhibits extending to Lytle Street. The experience is rooted in fun and play while paying homage to proud and painful memories in Portland’s legacy with the Ohio River, including the 1937 flood.

“Give kids information and help them learn without knowing that they’re learning,” said Danny Seim, director of AHOY! “They’re just absorbing and being inspired.”

Creator, Danny Seim, was inspired by his own children’s wishes for a permanent youth activity center in their neighborhood.

“Why drive three hours to Nashville, Cincinnati, and St. Louis for this stuff, when it should be happening right here in Portland,” said Seim.

Seim also felt it was an opportunity to let young people explore their history and have a say in their future.

“I think it’s time we make the youth of Portland and the west end at large ambassadors of their own community,” he said.

The project is being developed in collaboration with Weber Group, a construction and design firm whose founders are natives of Portland.

The first phase of the project is nearing completion with help of a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation.

Though there’s a $10 million price tag, museum officials encourage donors to make a key investment in a timeless initiative that aims to inspire youth to dream big.

“They’ll help design, use, think and be part of this, but it’s going to help them bring that mentality home with them,” said Delhanty. “It’s also positive for tourism and enables the neighborhood to feel a sense of pride and joy in sharing their community with outsiders.”

The project will be completed in four phases. The first phase is underway and construction on the groundwork is expected to begin next year.

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