Celebrating 150 Years of Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori’s 150th Birthday is August 31, 2020.

AMS is proud to kick off a yearlong celebration leading up to the 150th birthday of Dr. Maria Montessori on August 31, 2020. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be honoring the life and legacy of the woman who started it all!

Get ready for live events, online discussions, special publications, social media content, merchandise, and much more to place a spotlight not only on the remarkable life of Maria Montessori, but also the children and educators she inspired to build a better world.

Here’s just a taste of what’s to come:

  • The summer 2020 issue of our magazine, Montessori Life, will be entirely dedicated to the 150 years of Maria Montessori’s life and legacy.
  • Look for content on our social media channels—Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—from historic Montessori sites, including her birthplace of Chiaravalle, Italy.
  • All attendees of The Montessori Event 2020 will be invited to a birthday bash honoring Maria.
  • We’ll explore the meaning of Dr. Montessori’s work in free Quotable Conversation online events. Each will be an opportunity to consider one of her quotes and reflect on what it means to us in our lives and our daily practice.
  • AMS will release limited-edition commemorative merchandise throughout the year.
  • We are working in conjunction with local groups and governments in Italy to memorialize Dr. Montessori to ensure that future generations know about her work. Stay tuned for ways you can support this initiative.
  • We invite you to celebrate with us. Use #WeHeartMontessori all year long to show us how you are celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of Montessori.

Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox all year long for details on the programs above, and to find out about even more activities and events to commemorate Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday.


As part of our yearlong celebration of Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday, we are raising funds to help restore her initial observation classroom in Perugia, Italy; construct a statue in her honor in the town center; and fuel the enduring advocacy work of AMS and our mission

Shop Maria 150

Browse our special collection of Maria Montessori 150th commemorative items. We’ll be adding to the collection throughout the year, so keep an eye on your inbox for new products.

Maria 150 Resources

We’ve compiled a number of resources to get you involved in our yearlong celebration of Maria Montessori’s 150th Birthday Anniversary.