At M.O.M. we aim to start great conversations, feature thought-provoking exhibits, and share information and education Visits are by free but you can always make a donation HERE!

Simply write MOMmuseum@gmail.com or call 207.504.3001 (877.711.MOMS) to schedule your visit!

538 28th St. N. St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 – SEE PHOTOS BY CLICKING HERE


January 1, 2017 – The new MOM Art Annex opened in St. Petersburg, Florida.

You can schedule a visit for yourself (and up to six people) by appointment only.

Each visit includes a general tour of the private live/work residence of Martha Joy Rose with descriptions of the art, science, and history of mothers, mothering, and motherhood. During your visit, you can try on a Pregnancy Vest, see mother-made art from around the world and discuss some of the issues and challenges contemporary mothers face.


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In May 2014, the Museum completed a 30-month installation on the upper east side of Manhattan. During this time over 20,000 people visited the museum from more than 21 different countries.
During the summer of 2010, M.O.M. was invited to install street exhibitions on Fall Street in historic Seneca Falls, New York featuring the Moms of Rock.
The first Museum of Motherhood Pop-Up exhibit was in Dobbs Ferry, New York from 2003-2005.

M.O.M. is actively seeking a next-level space to continue its mission of bringing exhibits, education, and programming to the community. In the meantime, the MOM Pop Up curates traveling exhibits and conducts workshops based on the Mother Studies curriculum.


STUDENT EXHIBITS Mothers With A Soulful Voice’ (entrance) In the museum, you will also see our H.S. of Art & Design students ‘Meet The Expert’ mural and fashion designs for pregnancy around the world.

GUEST ARTIST INSTALLATION: Changing exhibits of (M)other Art around the world.  (Changes monthly)

MOTHER THE JOB: Multi-media exhibit by San Francisco based artist Alexia Nye Jackson. Approximately ¼ of the museum is devoted to this important exhibit.

  • The mirror is an intro to the concept of ‘Activism’ – Hyper local activism includes lessons in your immediate family and neighborhood by citing gender inequity, environmental concerns, etc. Visitors are asked to reflect on the following question: can we take better care of our children by taking care of our mother and caregivers?
  • A brief herstory of the policies around the world pertaining to paid parental leave. Did you know that the US is one of 3 countries in the developed world with no paid leave?
  • Black & white photos showing what various jobs pay compared to the tasks mothers and caregivers perform for free. These photos pose the question – what is a job? Most economics define a job as something that you are paid to do. Is caregiving work? Even though this exhibit speaks to raising ‘human capital’ vs. ‘economic capital’?
  • 17 minute film, ‘All Day’ in answer to the question we ask new mothers; ‘What did you do all day’? This film streams together 1-3 second images of the labor that goes with caregiving.

Art Installation –‘Bake Sale’, hanging cupcakes by Ronnie Komarow, self proclaimed “bake sale queen.”


  • BIRTH FLAG: Symbolic of birth itself and the birth of the museum. Interactive exhibit by Elizabeth Cole Sheehan and Joy Rose; walk through it!
  • M.O.M. LIBRARY & Andrea O’Reilly Sitting Room: Enjoy our books while you’re in the space. We accept book donations.
  • PREGNANCY SIMULATOR VESTS: Being pregnant is physical labor! Try on our pregnancy simulator vests and see for yourself! Courtesy RealityWorks™

MAP OF A WOMAN: Created by Frank About Women; Navigating The New Female Reality. Advertisements that emphasize the stereotypical stressed out mini-van driving suburban mom often miss the mark. A marketing consulting company asked mothers what messages in advertising they personally relate to, and their answers were drawn into the trap. We encourage museum visitors to look at the map and ask themselves which messages do and do not resonate, and why.

GLOBAL MOTHERHOOD: Find out about maternal health stats around the world. Explore the birth kits from Guatemala & Liberia courtesy SavingMothers.org. These kits cost approximately $5 to assemble and can help save a mother’s life.

‘MOMS ROCK’ Exhibit: Featuring Housewives On Prozac (the band) and some of the rockin’ women of Mamapalooza! When HOP and Mamapolooza began (in 1997 and 2002, respectively), there was no such thing as mom-branded anything. Mom-rock strives to use the arts to showcase the creative contribution of mothers. Watch the film, ‘Momz Hot Rocks’ by Kate Perotti.

WRITE OUT LOUD: Add to our chalkboard. Share your stories; What does motherhood mean to you? Also, Greif-fitti wall, where stories of grief and loss create a path to healing.

SUFFRAGETTE SITTING ROOM: We think great thoughts and talk great talk while our children play. Do you know who a suffragette was? Women only got the right to vote in 1920 – which was only 84 years ago, only 37 years before our museum founder was born. Read about these activist moms and get inspired!

BRIEF HERstory of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. Did you know that the equal rights amendment still has not been ratified? It was passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to states to be ratified. The amendment died in 1982, after a minimum of 38 states refused to ratify it. This means that there is still nothing in the constitution granting women equal rights to men.

SENECA FALLS PARLOR TABLEAU:  Why is Seneca Falls important? It was the location of the first suffragette women’s right conference. Suffragettes were also mothers – they advocated for the right to vote while also taking care of their children, making their own clothes, and cooking food. This exhibit showcases activism & domesticity at the turn of the century.

EQUAL RIGHTS MARCH: Washington DC. Mother activists have been involved in numerous social movements. We give a nod to these power-women of the 1960s.

BIRTH PANELS: Posters depict birth practices through the ages, starting 10th century AD– Shock and awe portion of the museum. Point out the foundling wheel and ‘prepare your death shrouds’

PLAY AREA: M.O.M. features a community play space sponsored by GYMBOREE, NYC

APPLE TREE: The Giving Tree (sculpture courtesy Sitters Studio.com) explores Shel Silverstein’s book. We present the giving tree to discuss caring & sharing values, personal boundaries & the nature of relationship. Here at the museum, we encourage mothers to enact self-care and acknowledge their personal needs. You cannot care for children unless you also care for yourself.

CALL TO ACTION: M.O.M. is a social change museum, in addition to pioneering new areas of ‘Mother Studies’ and celebrating the arts, we believe Mother & Family Studies should be part of academic curriculums everywhere.

* Upper East Side Moms – Upper East Side moms are part of the global motherhood community and face their own stereotypes and misconceptions. The Upper East Side, like the rest of New York City, is a diverse neighborhood that houses mothers and caregivers of various backgrounds. The museum serves populations from around Manhattan’s boroughs, International tourists and hosts internships from five local universities and the High School of Art and Design.

See Exit Survey By Museum Attendees 6/12

(Copyright; M.O.M. 2011)


African Body Mask: (Gift to the museum. Origins unknown) – Example – Among the Makonde in southern Tanzania, masquerading is linked with the initiation of adolescent boys and girls, to prepare them for their future role as husbands and wives. In the masquerades held at the end of the isolation period, the actors dance and pantomime relations between the sexes or embody various characters, each topic being represented by a particular mask type. In earlier periods, a body plate (njorowe) with breasts, protruding navel and a bulging belly represented a young, pregnant woman. It was part of the costume of a male dancer whose face was concealed behind a female mask. In his performance together with a male mask figure, he moved sluggishly mimed sexual intercourse with his partner, and demonstrated the burdens of pregnancy and giving birth. These evocative performances can still be observed among the Makonde today. The meaning of the scarification representing a lizard is not clear. [Source LINK]

Vintage Sculpture of Mother and Child by Austin Productions (Gift to M.O.M. Designed by Kathy Kline, molded in plaster, mid-century modern, 1970) [LINK]
Norman Gardner – Statue, Mother & Child
Martha Washington necklace from the National First Ladies Library, in Canton Ohio.
Helen Hiebert (USA)
Vintage Somso Brand German anatomical model of a female baby





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