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Mission & History

The mission of Treehouse is to be the magical place where children, ages 1 to 12, “Step into a Story”® through interactive exhibits and programs.

Treehouse Children’s Museum opened its doors in 1992 and has been providing unique educational exhibits and programs to more than 175,000 visitors each year. Originally, the Museum was located in the Ogden City Mall, then on 23rd Street while it’s permanent home, the signature Treehouse building on 22nd Street, was being built. The Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum building opened its doors in 2006. At the center of the Museum is the amazing, 30-foot tall tree, built by Treehouse staff.

Opening Day in 1992 of Treehouse Children’s Museum in the Ogden City Mall with Beryl Swanson and Chuck Swanson of the Dr. W. C. Swanson Family Foundation (in the Treehouse logo shirts), the founding donors of the Museum, Weber School District Superintendent Steve Mecham, and Treehouse Founding Director, Lynne Goodwin.

Opening Day in 2006 of the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum with Executive Director Lynne Goodwin and Jack Lampros, Chair of the Stewart Education Foundation, Building Naming Donors. (right) Lynne Goodwin, Board Chair Sylvia Cobabe, Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey, Jamie Lampros Shenefelt, and Kristen Hurst Hyde, both Trustees of the Stewart Education Foundation.

It’s a Silver Celebration in 2017 as Treehouse marks its 25th birthday with 25 parties and events for members, donors, and the community. Watch for details on our calendar and blog.

Here's a look back at the construction of our permanent home, the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum building.

  • Treehouse’s entrance draped in plastic while it awaits glass
  •  The east-facing side of the building prepared for stucco
  • View of the tree and between floor landings from the second floor of the museum
  • A look at the structure under the “bark” of the tree
  • Staff hoist the heavy tree branches into place for welding
  • The beautiful Treehouse building at dusk