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 very little forced air or heat, the Museum is comfortable and mild most days, but please check the temperature and plan accordingly.


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

Rates are $10 during weekdays and $15 during 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” for a discounted 2 hours of parking. Subject to change at any time at ABM’s discretion.

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

admission & closures


Adults and children over 12months are $14; Military and seniors over 65 are $10. Children under 12months are free. We offer discounted admission through Museums for All ($1 with EBT card) and through the ACM Reciprocal Network (50% off admission with valid membership card with ACM symbol). See Plan Your Visit for more.


We are currently open every day except Tuesday.

Please check our calendar before planning your visit!

Ticket Purchases

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Welcome Desk or 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 Museum rules of conduct based on safety, common sense and courtesy.


If you are interested in doing a photoshoot for your family, upcoming wedding or other, please contact our event services team. Photoshoots 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 equipped with an automatic door 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

Breastfeeding is permitted throughout the Museum, but if the child or parent requires a private space, we offer a small 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. Pets are not allowed.

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 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.

Little Learners: Little Musicians

Registration for our upcoming series, Little Artists, is open! Join us April 15, 22 + 29 and May 6, 13 + 20 for creative mornings led by artist and educator Kristina “Miss Piggy” Mananquil. Click here to register.