check out our newest installation now open

Drink Play Create

August 15 | 6-9pm

Little Learners Club

Classes start August 19

National Medal Winner!

On June 12, 2019, The New Children’s Museum received the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We were one of only five museums selected, and the only children’s museum. Watch our video with artist Rizzhel Javier. Or see the IMLS site to learn more about the award.

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Art inspires innovation

We believe that all children should have access to the creative process and arts of the highest quality. We believe the arts play a critical role in children’s creative, emotional and intellectual development.

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  • Membership perk alert 🚨 The Museum is CLOSED for Comic-Con tomorrow through Sunday, July 21 - but don’t be sad! Our members get FREE reciprocal admission to 5 other San Diego museums! Museums include: San Diego History Center, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Fleet Science Center, USS Midway Museum + California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Visit our website for details.
  • Comic-Con is almost here! The Museum will be CLOSED Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. Comic-Con parking is available for purchase in the Museum garage during this time.
  • We can’t get enough of Whammock! 🥳 Visitors can climb, slide, swing and rest. How will you enjoy our newest installation?
  • There’s always something to SMILE about here at The New Children’s Museum 🌟 Featuring our entry bridge, SMILE, by @aypanca
  • Registration for our newest Little Learners series is now open! Discover the fun of dancing alongside your little one and explore music, movement and instrument-making together with our Little Movers classes ✨🕺🏼 This series will be led by dancer and educator Kristina “Miss Piggy” Mananquil. This 6-week session begins on August 19 and will take place each Monday through September 30. Visit our website for more information.
  • Our quarterly 21+ event at the Museum is back on August 15 from 6-9pm for a glamping-inspired evening of Brews + Bonfires! Think twinkly summer nights, cozy fire pits and roasted marshmallows. Enjoy live music, food and drinks from local restaurants, a hands-on art activity, access to the many art installations and more. Presale tickets available now for $25.

Closed for Comic-Con

The Museum will be closed July 18 through July 21 for Comic-Con. Members receive free reciprocal admission at participating locations during this time.