In 1980, inspired by her early childhood and environmental design studies, Jeanne Vergeront looked for ways to bring richer, more engaging, interactive experiences and environments to the lives of young children. With three other educators, she started Madison Children’s Museum (WI).

Six years later, she accepted
Minnesota Children’s Museum’s invitation to be its Vice President of Exhibits and Education. There she developed and designed Habitot™ Learning Landscape and led an in-house planning process for 15,000 square feet of new exhibits. Within two years of opening in 1995, the Museum had tripled the size of its facility, doubled its attendance and budget, and became an essential community institution through its early learning and family reading initiatives.

In 1997, Jeanne formed
Vergeront Museum Planning to engage more broadly with museums, science centers, libraries and community organizations starting up, expanding or rethinking their futures in order to increase their value to their communities. This has become even more pressing in a time of high social need and increasing demand on public funding and private support.

On the national level, Jeanne developed the
Good To Grow! Self-study Tool for the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and served as Project Director for Go East! Asian Exhibit Initiative, funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by ACM. She was Principal Investigator for Go Figure!, a National Science Foundation-funded project and partnership between the American Library Association and Minnesota Children’s Museum. She was a founding board member of Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative (YMEC).

In 2010, Jeanne launched
Museum Notes, a blog that passes along ideas, perspectives, and resources to connect museum thinkers and practitioners. Fueled by her work in and with museums, her professional reading, conferences, conversations, and an enduring interest in children, Museum Notes inspires new thinking and bold, thoughtful action.

Professionally active, she is a member of the American Association of Museums, Association of Children’s Museums, Association of Midwest Museums, Minnesota Association of Museums, and Visitor Studies Association. She presents at conferences and contributes to professional journals.