History & Future

History & Future

Our History

We opened in October 1998, as Zeum, on the rooftop of Yerba Buena Gardens as part of a major urban renewal project in the South of Market area by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Our unique 34,000 square-foot facility was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Adele Naude Santos. In 2011, we officially changed our name to the Children’s Creativity Museum. Our new name more accurately reflects who we are and what we’ve always done best: nurture creativity.

Each year, we reach over 250,000 youth, families, teachers, schools and community-based organizations through general admission, school field trips, camps, workshops, and free family-oriented public events.


Our Future

We are building the next anchor institution for San Francisco’s youth and families that will serve as a national model for a 21st-century children’s museum.

San Francisco has the highest creativity index of any major U.S. metropolitan city. It is also home to more than 100,000 youth. From green technology to media art to digital entertainment, San Francisco has led the way, launching new innovations that have transformed how we live, work, and communicate.