This was one of the best places for our age group…Thank you for providing a positive and fun experience for our children.
"The wider range of
possibilities we offer
children, the more
intense will be their
motivations and the
"Children need the
freedom to appreciate
the infinite resources
of their hands, eyes,
and ears—the resources
of forms, materials,
sounds and colors."
"Our task, regarding
creativity, is to help
children climb their
as high as possible."
Imagine Nation – A Museum Early Learning Center located in Bristol, CT is committed to the development of inquisitive and imaginative life-long learners. Our unique environment inspires young children and families to investigate tangible, interactive learning experiences. The Imagine Nation community encourages and supports curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, confidence and citizenship. Learn more!
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People are saying…
I loved this trip! The museum is so child-friendly and welcoming…Keep up the good work!
We were so happy to discover Imagine Nation, what a gem of a place tucked away in Bristol. As a past Reggio Emilia Study Tour attendee it was so exciting to see the elements infused into the museum. We will definitely be back. Keep up the good work!
Amazing Place!! Visiting from San Diego and I didn’t know what to expect. My children love it here. If I was local, we would be members. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We had a wonderful time.
It was an excellent adventure, very clean and bright with easy access. My students loved all the staff members.
Mountain View Elementary School
We love the updates that have been made to the museum! The wall colors and new signs make each area very inviting. It is great to see all of the things that children are learning as they play. We look forward to returning for a visit.
In each classroom I visited, teachers offered a wide range of interesting and meaningful experiences. Children were actively engaged with materials, peers and their teachers. Throughout the program I felt a warm positive climate. If all early childhood programs in the county could achieve the quality I saw demonstrated in Imagine Nation, we would not have to be concerned about early care and education.
I have to say in my 17 years of teaching, my second grade students thoroughly enjoyed it. The children kept coming up to me and saying “This is the BEST DAY EVER”. We were learning about how our imagination is so important and that it is used by so many people and so many jobs in our everyday world. The children were able to EXPLORE and use their IMAGINATIONS. I am so pleased with our visit and will definitely bring our students next year!
Teacher from O′Connell Elementary SchoolEast Hartford, CT
I just wanted to post a sincere ‘thank you’ to the entire staff! My 18 month old has been to every children’s museum and activity in CT. I’m lucky if he lasts a half hour there. I just got home from the 5 hours he spent at Imagine Nation today! I’ve never seen him so happy! When the first staff member engaged my son, I thought “Wow, that’s so nice of her!” when the 4th staff member did, I realized it’s just a part of the environment you create! Thank you for creating a place where he can just be a kid and I can just enjoy him without worrying about the mess he might be making. We will be back!
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