Inspiring children through art and creativity
Our mission: The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.
Our vision: To address a critical need in our society and become a leader in engaging children through contemporary art in order to develop the skills needed for the 21st century.
We believe all children should have access to the creative process and arts of the highest quality. We provide free and discounted admission through ongoing public programs like “Check Out NCM” library memberships, Blue Star Museums and Kids Free October. We also provide group visits for many children and families from diverse communities throughout San Diego County through our Mass Creativity Program, Title 1 Access program, pARTners in Creativity and more.
We empower children to think, play and create.
We commission and collaborate with contemporary artists to create one-of-a-kind room-sized art installations. We are one of the few children's museums in the country doing this.
Art plays a critical role in a child's development.
Early childhood engagement with art results in lifelong involvement and appreciation for the arts. We help children develop critical skills to achieve success in the 21st century.
Play allows children to engage and interact.
Play helps develop imagination, dexterity as well as physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development, and it is through play that children engage and interact in the world around them.