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
Advanced ticket reservations are required for all guests, including members. See our Plan Your Visit page. Note: There may be times when tickets are available for walk-ups, but is not guaranteed.
Please email us at email@example.com or call 619 233 8792 to make a cash reservation.
For the month of May, the Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm) sessions. We are closed from 12-1pm for cleaning. Advanced ticket reservations are required for all guests, including members.
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).
You may arrive at any time during your reserved time frame! For example, if your visit is scheduled from 9am-12pm, you can enter any time starting at 9am but you must leave by 12pm. We suggest allowing at least 90 minutes for your visit.
Restrooms with changing tables are available inside the Museum on the Main Level. 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.
Our Bean Sprouts Café is closed, but we will have food trucks available onsite for food and beverage purchase. We ask that visitors enjoy food and beverage at the designated snack areas (outside).
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
Yes. All visitors over the age of 2 years must wear a mask over the nose and mouth while visiting the Museum, both outdoors and indoors. We have masks suitable for children and available for purchase in our Museum store. 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.