about the space


Opened in 2008, The New Children’s Museum is one of the first green museums in California.

Visionary and award-winning architect Rob Wellington Quigley created our dynamic space, full of natural light and fresh air. His design signals our commitment to environmental sustainability. Our dramatic, multi-level 50,000 square-foot building includes a series of transparent, flexible spaces which visibly expose the building’s construction and design.

With no forced air or heat, the Museum is comfortable and mild most days, but please plan accordingly.


The Museum offers limited parking in our underground parking structure located behind the building.

Rates are $10 weekdays and $15 weekends. Street parking and paid parking lots are also available nearby.  The ABM lot at 450 2nd Avenue offers discounted parking to Museum guests. Simply choose “The New Children’s Museum” at the payment station and enter the validation code “8792”.

Visit our Plan Your Visit page or click here for an aerial map of our location.

admission & closures


Adults and children over 1 are $14; Military and seniors over 65 are $10. Children under 1 are free.  We offer discounted admission through Museums for All ($1 with EBT card). See Plan Your Visit for more.


Winter/spring hours are 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Saturday (closed Tuesdays) and 11:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday. Members Only Time is 9:30 – 11:00am Sundays.

Ticket Purchases

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Welcome Desk.

Purchase Tickets online here.

museum experience

Get messy!

While you and your child can stay clean in most of the spaces, our paint and clay studios feature messy materials. Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting paint on – we’re an art Museum after all!

museum rules

The New Children’s Museum is a special shared space for families. To ensure that everyone is safe, comfortable and able to play, we ask that our visitors follow basic rules of conduct based on safety, common sense and courtesy.

Click here to view our Museum Rules.


If you interested in doing a photoshoot for your family, upcoming wedding or other, please our event services team. Photo shoots occur before or after Museum hours, pending our availability. Pricing is $150 for up to two hours and insurance is required. You must be accompanied by event services staff at all times. For commercial photo shoots, please contact the event services team.

No drop-offs

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you’re interested in leaving your child for an extended experience with an artist, please join us for camp.

accessibility & amenities

first aid assistance

If you are in need of medical or first aid assistance during your visit, please contact the nearest staff member or see our Welcome Desk.


Strollers are permitted. Stroller parking is available in designated spaces. Please ask at the Welcome Desk.

mobility impaired services

Doors—Our front door is left open when the Museum is open for accessibility.

Drinking Fountains—Accessible fountains are located on all three levels of the Museum next to the restrooms.

Elevators—A public elevator is available for use and may be accessed on every level of the Museum.


Accessible restrooms are located on all three of the Museum’s floors, including family (unisex) restrooms available for those individuals requiring assistance from a family member or companion.

nursing nook

The Museum offers a small private lactation area on our Main Level by the lockers and lounge.

service animals

People with service animals will be allowed full access to all areas. Service animals must be on a leash and in the control of the person with a disability or his/her companion.

Our Museum aims to ensure that your entire visit will be comfortable, convenient, educational and fun! We are able to provide other reasonable accommodations with advance notice. If you have further questions, please contact our Visitor Services department at 619-795-1734 or email us at info@thinkplaycreate.org

join our team


Learn more about the Museum’s volunteer opportunities.


Learn more about the Museum’s job openings.