Museum Reopening FAQs


How much is admission?

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.


What are your hours?

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. 

Where can I park?

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).  

Will there be restrooms available?  

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.  

Are there drinking fountains?

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.  

What installations are open and closed?

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

Do I need to wear a face covering?  

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.

Do I need to be vaccinated in order to visit?  

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.

What is the Museum doing to provide for a clean environment?

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.

When will the inside of the Museum fully reopen?

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!


why are you called the new children's museum?

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.

does my san diego children's discovery museum (escondido) membership work here?

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.