A fund for The New Children's Museum's Future


The New Children’s Museum believes in the power of NEW – being a NEW model for art and play; always offering something NEW to discover; and putting our hope in a NEW future by fostering skills to help children grow into resilient, compassionate adults. Today, in the midst of this challenging time, we ask you to join us in reNEWing Hope for the Museum, our community and beyond.

As a nonprofit that relies on a steady stream of visitors, The New Children’s Museum is currently experiencing a financial hardship. To ensure that we are ready to reopen our doors and resume our programming as soon as it is safe to do so, we have made challenging decisions that have affected our staffing during this period when we are unable to welcome our valued guests.

While we greatly miss inspiring and connecting with families face-to-face, the Museum is connecting virtually during this crisis. We are continually creating NEW virtual content through our #thinkplaycreatefromhome initiative. We’re engaging children with creative and educational resources to keep learning on track and parents at their best during school closures. We are also supporting our community as they use art to cope with isolation, demonstrate support for their neighbors and share hope for a brighter day.

If you have the means, please give today – any size donation* is greatly appreciated. However, if your family finds itself in a challenging financial situation at this time, please consider our online resources our gift to you.

All of us at The New Children’s Museum thank you and can’t wait to think, play and create with you in person soon!


*Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, including an expanded charitable deduction for those who do not itemize. Your contribution may be eligible for this tax benefit. And, for those who do itemize deductions, a donation to the Museum is likely tax-deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) charity. Please check with your tax advisor.

renewing hope online art auction

The reNEWing Hope Art Auction is a fundraising initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with more than a dozen artists who have shaped our history over the last decade, the Museum is launching an online art auction to raise funds toward reopening efforts and to support these artists who are also impacted at this time. Every two weeks, the Museum will feature a curated collection of six unique artworks by six contemporary artists from across the U.S. Collection 1 of the auction features unique artworks by artists Tanya Aguiñiga, Regan Russell, Wes Sam-Bruce, Ernest Silva, Eva Struble and Perry Vásquez. Help support the Museum and these artists by participating in the auction.

Bidding for collection 1 will officially open June 1, 2020.

View Online Art Auction

Ways to give

Please donate online through the donate button above. To give by mail, send a check to The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Attention: reNEWing Hope.

If you would like to speak with someone on our development team about other ways to give, please contact Lilli-Mari Andresen LAndresen@thinkplaycreate.orgTo discuss employer matching opportunities, contact Alexandra Kritchevsky akritchevsky@thinkplaycreate.org.

For additional information on how to support our programs or to learn about our donor level benefits, click here.

Thank you to our reNEWing Hope champions

Closure Alert

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