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The New Children’s Museum

200 West Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Regular Hours

9am-12pm; 1-4pm
9am-12pm; 1-4pm
9am-12pm; 1-4pm
9am-12pm; 1-4pm
9am-12pm; 1-4pm


Children (under 1)
Children (1+)
Seniors (65+)
Military w/ ID
Museums for All (EBT)
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Museum Information

Open Days + Hours

We’re open 5 days a week (Thursday-Monday) with two 3-hour sessions per day: morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm). Our “Clean Between” is 12–1pm, during which all guests will be asked to leave the building but can enjoy our outside park activities for free.

Currently, visitors have access to art installations on the Museum’s Main Level + Patio, Upper Level and outdoor experience in the Museum Park.

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For more information, visit our General Museum FAQ page and Membership FAQ page.


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.


To redeem guest passes or discounted tickets, please see the “Guest Passes + Discounts” section below.

Safer Play Policy

The Museum is adhering to the following Safer Play health and safety guidelines:   

  • Masks are required indoors
    only for ages 2+
  • Social distancing of 6 feet indoors
  • Activity capacity limits  
  • Hand washing + sanitizer stations 

We kindly ask that you stay home if you or anyone in your party is feeling sick or has a fever.

Read our Safer Play Policy before visiting the Museum.

Additional Information

Guest Passes + Discounts

Free admission via guest passes including San Diego Public Library, member guest passes and other guest pass programs or through Blue Star Museums is provided on a first-come, first-serve walk-up basis. Admission is dependent on Museum capacity and is not guaranteed.

Reduced admission is provided through Museums For All ($1 per person with EBT, SNAP or WIC card) or the ACM Reciprocity Program. Please provide proof for discounted admission.


Limited parking is available in the Museum garage for $10/car (members $5). Garage opens 15 minutes before we open (8:45am) and 15 minutes after we close (4:15pm). Please see Plaza attendance before entering garage.

There are public parking lots and parking meters nearby. ABM Parking at 352 2nd Ave. offers a 2-hour discount with code 8792 (not valid during Padres games and other times at ABM’s discretion).

Getting Here

We are located at 200 W. Island Avenue, in between Front and Union. Public transportation is available on the MTS Trolley Green Line (depart at the Convention Center) and on the MTS Bus. 

Closest MTS Bus Stops:
1st Ave. + Broadway (Routes 2, 7, 11, 30, 50, 110, 150, 215, 235, 280, 290, 901)
4th Ave. + G St. (Route 3)
1st Ave. + G St. (Routes 11)

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Learn more about the Museum’s job openings.

Masks Required

Masks are required for all guests (ages 2+) inside the Museum, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in our outdoor spaces. Click here to read our full Safer Play Policy before visiting the Museum.