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The New Children's Museum

200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

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Region: Downtown Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Members Only Time:
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Target Free Second Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
The New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum is a dynamic new model of a children's museum that provides inventive and engaging art experiences that are meaningful to children and families. NCM brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity - blending elements of art museum and children's museum.

The Museum stimulates imagination, inquisitiveness and innovative thinking by exhibiting participatory works of art by contemporary artists and providing a venue for art and play to coexist. The Museum empowers children through fun-filled exhibitions, hands-on art making activities, special artistic performances, and educational experiences. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

Across the street from the building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running, climbing, family picnics and a view of the trains and trolley going by. The Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together and think, play, create.

The New Children's Museum faces Harbor Drive and is well positioned near the MTS Convention Center Trolley stop, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easily reachable to residents and visitors throughout the region.


  • A must-see stop on any visit to San Diego. Ideal for toddlers to teens
  • The 50,000 sq ft sustainable facility houses galleries, open studios and a park
  • Studio spaces allow kids to roll up their sleeves and create their own artwork
  • Outdoor activities in adjacent park
  • Commission and display original art from contemporary artists
  • Three floors of art, workshops, galleries and studios

Don't Miss:

  • Unlimited possibilities for fun! New hands-on projects every other month
  • Toddler Time held every second Friday of the month
  • Finger Painting Friday held every fourth Friday of the month
  • Target Free Second Sunday on the second Sunday of each month

More Information

  • Weddings
  • Destination Weddings
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tours
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Child
  • General Admission Senior