San Diego : New Children’s Museum

July 30th, 2008

San Diego New Children's Museum

San Diego’s New Children’s Museum has quickly established itself as one of the best kid-friendly things to do in San Diego. Completely reconstructed from the ground up, the New Children’s Museum opened its doors to the public in May of 2008.

The Children’s Museum features hands-on studio space, in-depth arts-based educational programs and installations by local and international contemporary artists. It provides a dynamic, playful public space and community center for children and families – a¬†place to experience exciting art exhibitions, hands-on studio projects, performances, birthday parties, in-depth classes, camps and educational programs.

Across the street from the new building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolleys going by. Designed by local landscape architecture firm Spurlock Poirier, the brand new City Park is connected by a crosswalk on the other side of Island Avenue, and features unique elements including a reading circle, play structures for climbing and sliding, and a seating wall along the promenade.

“Our goal is to inspire children to think, play and create by providing accessible and meaningful art experiences,” stated Rachel Teagle PhD, Executive Director of the Museum. “We are a unique hybrid of a children’s museum and an art museum.”

The Children’s Museum features innovative, provocative artworks that kids can touch, climb, or move (exhibitions); messy, hands-on art making opportunities (studios); and a variety of arts-based classes and camps (Arts Education Center). Rounded out with an organic cafe, unique retail shop (the Gizmo Garage), abundant seating, quiet space for parents and infants, and an outdoor park, the Children’s Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together.


The San Diego New Children’s Museum is located at 200 West Island Avenue in Downtown San Diego and is easily accessible from the MTS Convention Center Trolley stop, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. The Children’s Museum is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day from Thursday to Tuesday. The Museum is closed on Wednesdays. Admission to the Children’s Museum is $10.00 for Adults and Children and $5.00 for Seniors (65+) and Military (with ID). Children under 1 year of age are admitted free. Admission tickets are valid for the entire day; re-entry is granted with receipt as proof of purchase.

Looking for deals or discounted admission to San Diego’s New Children’s Museum? Get the scoop¬†about Free Second Sundays at the Children’s Museum, where you and your family can enjoy free admission to the San Diego New Children’s Museum.


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