New executive director starts work at Eau Claire children's museum

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has a new executive director.

Mike McHorney started in the position on Monday. He was previously Center Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Chippewa Falls, and has more than five years of experience in non-profit work. Board President Michelle Harris said in a news release that he "will bring a fresh perspective to the Museum and the Executive Director position." The release went on to say that the job involves running the museum and developing resources.

Former Executive Director Darcy Way took a job at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls last year. The museum opened in December 2004.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF EAU CLAIRE NEWS RELEASE) -- The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is pleased to announce that Mike McHorney will assume leadership as the organization’s Executive Director effective March 17, 2014. “The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is very pleased to have Mike as our new Executive Director,” said Board President Michelle Harris. “With his previous work experience he will bring a fresh perspective to the Museum and the Executive Director position. We are excited to have him be a part of the Museum and our community in his new role.”

McHorney brings over 5 years experience in non-profit work, most recently serving as Center Director for Boys & Girls Club of Chippewa Falls. As Executive Director, he will oversee museum operations as well as continue developing resources for the museum to carry out its mission. McHorney expressed excitement for this opportunity. “I am excited to join the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire and look forward to contributing in a significant and positive way. The Museum is a tremendous community resource and the experience it provides for families and children to discover and imagine is impressive.”

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire recently completed the “Topping It Off Campaign,” successfully raising more than $500,000 to support creation of new exhibits on its second floor. Renovations were made resulting in the opening of new exhibits in November 2013 including Welcome to Our Family Farm, Under the Wisconsin Sky, and Imagination Playground. These exhibits celebrate life in Wisconsin as seen through a child’s eyes with an interactive, realistic farm life exhibit complete with a barn, tractor and milking cow. Children can also camp out under the stars, fish and explore the Northwoods.

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is an interactive environment for children and their grown-ups that inspires imagination, discovery, creativity, and the love of learning. More than 50,000 visitors have been enjoying the museum annually since opening in December 2004 in downtown Eau Claire.

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