100 Women We Love: Class of 2011


For more than 10 years, Dina Rosenthal has brought a can-do attitude and style to the office of Executive Director of the Staten Island Children's Museum, a favorite educational destination for kids from the New York metro area. A former staff member at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the Science Museum of Virginia and other institutions, Rosenthal believes museums fill two roles: introducing families to culture, and allowing children to play and learn in a safe atmosphere. During her tenure, the Staten Island Children's Museum doubled its size to 40,000 square feet and now delights more than a quarter-million visitors annually with exhibits covering everything from bugs to pirates. "The joy and wonderment that children experience while playing are all the motivation I need to continue creating museum exhibits and programs for them," Rosenthal says. "I am constantly being challenged to find new ways to create opportunities for children to play." –KL