Admission is $10 per person for everyone over the age of 12 months. Members are free. A limited number of discounted reservations are available for Museums for All participants daily (visit our Access Programs page for information). Admission prices are subject to change as the Museum continues to reopen exhibition spaces.
Museum Reopening FAQs
As of July 6, we are no longer requiring advance reservations or tickets. If you already made a reservation or purchased tickets, we will honor those for the reserved date. Tickets can be purchased as a walk-up or online for any day we are open here.
We are open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) for morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm) sessions. We are closed from 12-1pm each open day for cleaning.
We have a limited number of parking spots in our underground garage. Parking is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. There are public parking meters along the streets surrounding the museum and a public parking lot two blocks away at Second and Island Avenue. We are conveniently located on the MTS Trolley Blue Line (depart at Seaport Village and walk east along the Martin Luther King Promenade).
Restrooms with changing tables are available inside the Museum on all levels. We ask that the posted restroom capacity be observed and that you adhere to the distance markers on the floor.
Our drinking fountains are closed, but a water bottle fill-station is available inside the Museum near the restrooms. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
Food and beverages can be purchased at our Bean Sprouts Café inside the Museum. View their menu here.
We are opening the Museum in phases. Our initial opening will include the Main level of the Museum and an outdoor experience on Island Avenue (street will be closed) and the Museum park. Inside we will have Missing Links (AKA the Rainbow Jumpy) and Wobbleland installations open, as well as our Paint and Clay Studio. The Museum Store and restrooms will also be open. Visit our art installations page for an updated list of open installations.
Health and Safety
All staff and visitors (2 years old and up) must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while at the Museum (indoors only). Masks are not required in our outdoor spaces for fully vaccinated guests. While proof of vaccination is not required, we strongly encourage unvaccinated guests to continue to wear a mask. Museum outdoor spaces include Island Avenue, the Museum Park, our café outdoor seating areas, our Paint + Clay Patio and The Wonder Sound Garden upper patio. See our Safer Play page for more information on health and safety protocols at the Museum.
No. We will not be taking temperatures, but ask that if you or anyone in your group is experiencing flu-like symptoms that you exchange your tickets for another date. We’re happy to help by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 619 233 8792.
At this time, vaccinations are not required for visitation but all guests over 2 years must wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth even if they have been vaccinated. See our Safer Play page for more information on our health and safety protocols.
Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added, as well as hand washing stations. Our Visitor Experience Specialists will be continuously roaming and disinfecting high-touch areas and loose parts. There are bins for visitors to return used items that will be sanitized between use. We will be closing mid-day from 12-1pm for cleaning and some play areas may close temporarily throughout the visit for cleaning. We ask for everyone’s support in maintaining a safe environment. See our Safer Play page for more information on our health and safety protocols.
We are planning for a phased reopening that depends on monitoring the best-practices in COVID safety in children’s museums. Our phased reopening is being made with thoughtful care for the safety of our staff and visitors and we thank you for your patience!
We have “new” in our name because we’re a new model of children’s museum, focused on contemporary art. We work with contemporary artists to create interactive art installations and studios for children to engage with art, creativity and imagination. We also have “new” in our name because there is always something new to explore and discover when you visit! Learn more about the Museum’s mission and history here.
The Museum is located at 200 W. Island Avenue, in between Front and Union. For directions on how to get to the Museum by car, bus, trolley or train, go to our Visit page.
Yes, please email email@example.com or call 619 233 8792 to inquire about a missing item.
No, we do not accept the Balboa Park Explorer Pass.
You can get half-priced admission with your San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum membership card. Both museums are part of the Association of Children’s Museums which allows you to get 50% off admission at many children’s museums in the U.S. The number of people on your membership is the number of people you can get into our museum for half price. See what other children’s museums participate: Association of Children’s Museum’s website.