Where it all began
Ann B. Friedman had just retired from teaching first grade reading when the idea of Planet Word struck her.
Reading about the Museum of Mathematics in New York City, she learned how it used hands-on activities to make math fun. If there’s a museum for math, she thought, why not a museum for words?
Just like the museum for math celebrates math, words in their endlessly evolving variety should be celebrated, too. Whether signed, spoken, written, or sung, language connects us and shapes our most significant moments. Our words and language reflect who we are, how we interact with others, and how we interpret our world.
There should be a place to explore the power, fun, and beauty of words, she decided. And, since such a place didn’t yet exist, she set out to bring her vision to life.
Planet Word was born.