Oneonta World of Learning is a museum dedicated to learning through play, located in upstate New York.
Who we are:
A coalition of volunteer parents, artists, educators and other local professionals dedicated to building our community.
What we envision:
An interactive and engaging environment for play and exploration. Potential exhibits are endless, and will incorporate hands-on, minds-on activities and interactive play.
Why we are here:
We believe that play is important to children's intellectual, emotional and social well being and that children learn best in the company of their parents and primary caregivers.
Oneonta is centrally located among the communities of Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties, and the resources to develop world-class, hands-on exhibits as well as phenomenal outreach programs are all right here, among the educators, artists, and professionals of our community.
Board of Trustees 2022
How Owl Was Hatched
The discussion regarding the creation of a children's museum in Oneonta began in 2006.
owl's early years
the owl's Nest
When the provisional charter was nearing the end of its fifth year, OWL was given the opportunity to rent a space on Main Street to explore the possibility of transitioning from a “museum without walls” to a bricks-and-mortar museum and we opened the OWL’s Nest at 277 Main St. in Oneonta in January of 2014.
At this point, the Board determined that it was most appropriate to apply for an extension of the provisional charter, and the extension was granted in May of 2014. The transition to a bricks-and-mortar museum was a success and we outgrew the OWL Nest.
In April of 2016 OWL closed its doors on Main Street and signed a 30-year contract with the town of Oneonta for the use of the Fortin House in Fortin Park. We closed for more than a year to renovate the former farmhouse. Although renovations continue, the OWL playhouse opened its doors in June 2017, celebrating with a Grant Opening on Sept. 16, 2017.