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Children's Museum of New Hampshire

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Address: 6 Washington Street, (Gps Setting for Parking: 10 Henry Law Ave), Dover, NH 03820
Phone Number: +1 603-742-2002
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Children's Museum of New Hampshire invites families to explore amazing...

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire invites families to explore amazing creative exhibits that make learning fun. Discover dinosaurs, submarine, aerodynamics, brain waves, music, art, nature and more. Special area for babies and toddlers upstairs. Riverfront setting with playground, benches and picnic tables. Open year round with special events, classes, performances and workshops. Fall/Winter/Spring Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm. Summer Hours (mid-June - Labor Day): Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

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The new sandbox

My children love visiting the children's museum and were thrilled to find a new exhibit in the prehistoric section. The sandbox let's children see different continents projected... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Cathy C

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My children love visiting the children's museum and were thrilled to find a new exhibit in the prehistoric section. The sandbox let's children see different continents projected onto the sand.

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Thank Cathy C
Exeter, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a relatively small museum. There is a limited amount of free parking outside, and nearby metered parking. A new outdoor exploration area is under construction. Our grandkids love this place. The activities seem best geared from toddler to about 8. Kids can spend considerable time delivering the mail from the small mock up post office. This is a... More 

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Rollinsford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have an annual membership and take my granddaughter often. they have a great selection of interactive activities. a great website for calendar of events so you can plan ahead. great location for in-town walking.

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Thank gigiles
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the better children's museums. It was fun with a lots of interactive play spaces. My favorite was the green screen! You can transport yourself to other place or look like you're flying. My 5 year old enjoyed a replica submarine equipped with sonar. There is something for everyone here! Go after lunch and spend the whole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the museum when my son was a state finalist for the water fair. I got to roam the museum while he presented his project. The museum is terrific. My older son had a great time playing with many different things even though he is in middle school. The museum has something for everyone. It's a must go... More 

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Wells
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was nice and the kids enjoyed it. It was clean. The parking was free, once we found it. My wife thought that $40 for 2-3 hours of entertainment at this venue was a little much. Last year we tried the one Portland and thought that was a better value for the money. Many of the exhibits were only... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd been when it was in Portsmouth but recently took my 1 ½ year old grandson. My only negative comment was no one told us that there was a toddler place on the top floor. By the time I got him to explore the stairway, he was overstimulated by the exhibits aimed at older children and frustrated when they didn't... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

They have many activities even my 8 & 9 y.o. children loved it, and we spent 4 hours there. However, they only have 3 tables in the dining room and my son fell down because it's sliperry to go from one floor to another.

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Thank Annie E
NHChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Children's Museum of New Hampshire, responded to this review

Thank you Annie E for your feedback. We're glad to hear that your older kids enjoyed their visit as that is something we are constantly trying to improve. I'm going to pass along your note about the floors being slippery. We do realize we're limited for lunch room space and do our best to open up the classrooms for people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

I took my 5 year old grand daughter we rode the train from Saco to NH which was a great experience, when we reached our destination we walked the short distance to a great little restaurant/bakery for some breakfast before heading to the Museum. Once we were in the museum my grand-daughter loved the yellow interactive submarine and the play... More 

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Thank Mary P
NHChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Children's Museum of New Hampshire, responded to this review

Hi Mary P, it sounds like you had a great adventure! I'm so glad to hear that you utilized the train from Saco! And I think I know the bakery you visited...yum! I appreciate the great feedback. We hope you'll visit again soon. More 

Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

When I was little, I dragged my grand pop here every time he came up from Connecticut. Here, we had the best times together. I had fun and he wasn't bored because there was so much cool stuff for him to look at. I loved everything about this museum and would spent hours wandering around. I always made him buy... More 

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NHChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Children's Museum of New Hampshire, responded to this review

What a great story about you and your grand pop! Thank you for sharing that with us. More 

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