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The Power of Children®

  • Anne's Story
    Be inspired by Anne Frank, whose words of hope during the Holocaust continue to impact lives.
  • Ruby's Story
    Experience the bravery of first-grader Ruby Bridges in newly desegregated New Orleans.
  • Ryan's Story
    See how one boy changed the world. Indiana native Ryan White spread a message of compassion and understanding after becoming infected with HIV.
  • The Power of You
    Discover how you can make a tremendous impact in your community.
Power of Children
COVID-19 Safety Exhibit Updates:
Most interactive elements in The Power of Children® are open. Touchable elements are sanitized by staff frequently, and sanitizing wipes are provided for your use. To facilitate social distancing, seating and capacity have been reduced in Anne’s Secret Annex, Ruby's Classroom, and Ryan’s Bedroom. The following high-touch elements are closed or have been removed for your health and safety:
  • The Post a Response area in the All About Anne area has been removed.
  • The Word Spinners and Be a Change Agent magnet boards in Ruby’s classroom area have been removed.
  • The Be a Helper puzzles have been removed.
  • Make a Promise computers and Post-Its in the Make a Promise area have been removed.

All Children's Museum exhibits will have capacity limits. Museum staff will monitor occupancy and if capacity is reached, staff will admit visitors to the exhibit when others leave.

The Power of Children® will be closed for cleaning at various points during the day. Please consult signage throughout the museum to help you plan your visit.

Face coverings are required for everyone ages 2 and over. They must completely cover your nose and mouth.

We Can All Make a Difference

Deep down we all want to be heroes. Ignite a passion for changing the world around you through the powerful stories of three extraordinary 20th-century children—Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Be transported through live theatrical performances.
  • Step into a replica of Ryan White's bedroom, Ruby Bridges' classroom, or Anne Frank's annex.
  • Learn how you and your family can make a difference by Taking Action.

Located on Level 3.

Three Young Voices. Three World-Changers.

The stories of extraordinary children in history can inspire children today to fight discrimination and intolerance and make a positive difference in the world.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank
Experience Anne’s tremendous message of hope amidst the terrors of the 1940s Holocaust.

Nearly every schoolchild knows the story of Anne Frank; her diary is required reading in many schools. Through her writing, we have a first-person account of a Jewish girl’s experience of the Holocaust: the fear, the hiding, the hope of a better future.


Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges
See bravery beyond words through the story of a first-grade girl in the newly desegregated schools of New Orleans in 1960.

The year Ruby Bridges was born, the Supreme Court of the United States charted a new course for the nation in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that segregation of black students in public schools was inherently unequal. Six years later, Ruby herself put a personal face on this momentous decision when she was among the first black students to integrate the white school system in New Orleans in 1960.

Ryan White

Ryan White
Learn how this young teenage Hoosier fought fear and misinformation about AIDS head-on in the 1980s.

In the early 1980’s, reports of a new disease called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) terrified the nation. Even after facts became available about how AIDS is spread, fear and misinformation were rampant. Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through medication for his hemophilia, was expelled from his school due to his condition. His fight to be allowed to return to school and live a normal life made him famous around the world.

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

We are extremely excited to add Malala Yousafzai as the fourth child in The Power of Children exhibit. Opening next year, this will be the ONLY permanent exhibit featuring Malala Yousafzai in the world! Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education. She became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her home of Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Malala used the Power of Education to fight for human rights. 

The expanded portion of the exhibit will feature her life, the challenges she faced as she attempted to get an education and the positive impact she has had around the world. We will recreate her home in the Swat Valley and present information about her life—showing how she used the family computer to express her message. The exhibit will feature her legacy and also showcase other girls who stood up for the right to attend school.

The Power of Children exhibit is made possible by lead gifts from Deborah Simon, Efroymson Family Fund, Chase, National Endowment for the Humanities, Duke Energy Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Martin, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Cummins Foundation, and The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Support for the addition of Malala Yousafzai's story is provided by National Endowment for the Humanities, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., and U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Corteva Agriscience, Lauren Sparkman, and Mike and Kristin Sherman.

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