about the space


Built by world-renowned architect Rob Quigley, our beautiful building was designed to be sustainable and environment-friendly, without the need for air conditioning or heat.  The temperature is comfortable and mild most days, but plan accordingly.


The Museum is pleased to offer $10 parking on weekdays and $15 parking on weekends in our underground parking structure, but spaces are limited and fill up quickly on busy days. Street parking and paid parking lots are available nearby. Visit our Plan Your Visit page for more details or click here for an aerial map of our location.

The ABM lot located on 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”.

admission & closures


$13 for adults and children over 1, $8.50 for seniors over the age of 65, $6.50 for military and just $3 on Target Family Day (the second Sunday of every month).


The Museum is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  We are open to the public 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Saturday and 12:00pm – 4:00pm Sunday.

Ticket Purchases

Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Welcome Desk.

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.


Please plan photo shoots in advance by contacting our event services team. Photo shoots are required to 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.

lactation room

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.