An informed, confident, and motivated public will advance climate action.
We are launching a climate museum in New York City to serve as a hub for climate engagement and leadership in a challenging world.
The Paris Agreement of 2015 holds great promise for the transition to a clean energy economy and culture. Despite the range of efforts across society to make this transition real, the threats of denialism and obstruction are more potent than ever.
We must rise to this challenge together. To do so, we need something new: a public space where we can gather to learn about climate change, face our fears, share solutions, and commit to change. The Climate Museum will be this place: a cultural and educational institution dedicated to climate issues and solutions.
Our mission, adopted by our Founding Board of Trustees in January 2016:
To employ the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement.
All gifts, sponsorships, and partnerships are screened for consonance with our mission.
The Climate Museum’s exhibitions and programs reflect these priorities:
Leaders from many fields—scientists, artists, and social justice advocates—will guide our exhibits.
While telling the truth about the climate crisis, the Museum will be a center for pathways forward.
Accessible and dynamic, the Museum will build on the diversity of its visitors to increase community participation.
Why A CLIMATE Museum
We need a shared space for learning and action.
- A powerful instrument for change.
Museums foster curiosity and critical thinking, shift attitudes and behaviors, and support dialogue and action. They make things clear, tangible, and meaningful.
- A hub for learning and dialogue.
Museums are hugely popular. Museum visitors at all levels of climate engagement want to learn more and trust museums as sources of climate information.
- A new way to popularize engagement.
We will welcome a diverse audience, including those new to climate issues. The Climate Museum will be a space for clarity, connection, inspiration, and action.
- A place to express our commitment.
There is no subject more urgent or more worthy of our collective attention than climate change. It demands an institution at the center of our shared culture.
We're on our way
We are pleased to launch our first programming in 2018 to build awareness as we establish an interim museum space for ongoing exhibitions and projects.
Our interim space will lead to a campaign for the Museum’s permanent home in New York City, known for its leadership in climate policy and its vibrant cultural life. The Museum will be transit-accessible and sustainable, with the capacity to accommodate one million visitors per year. At each stage, we will develop a strategic plan, including a comprehensive feasibility study, and engage the relevant partners and professionals to guide and execute our next steps.
We have a powerful vision and we’re on a clear path. Join us as we continue to build momentum.