If you’ve driven by the Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM) on Central Avenue in Midtown lately, you’ve probably noticed the large signs that read, “The Children’s Museum of Memphis at The John and Katherine Dobbs Family Center.”
In case you were wondering, the museum’s official name remains the Children’s Museum of Memphis, Inc. However, the campus and buildings – previously referred to as the Old National Guard Armory Building– have been named in honor of the philanthropic couple.
Late last year, John and Katherine Dobbs made a 10-year financial commitment to the museum to pay for capital improvements and new exhibit projects. Details of the gift amount have not been released publicly, but CMOM said the donation is the single largest gift ever received in the museum’s 21-year history.
The temporary signs currently hanging outside the facility will remain in place until a new permanent sign can be designed and installed at CMOM sometime in the next few months.