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The New Children's Museum

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Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission...

The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.

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Fun for kids of all ages

This was a very fun stop for us. It isn't an especially large museum, but they have chosen craft sections that would entertain a wide age range of children. There is plenty of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
rawkin58
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a very fun stop for us. It isn't an especially large museum, but they have chosen craft sections that would entertain a wide age range of children. There is plenty of seating around for the adults while their children play. The restrooms are clean and there is a nice lil cafe attached for those kids that need a... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The children's museum is a really fun place to visit. We had the family membership with the parking pass ( extra $ but worth it!) so many fun interactive activities and a great snack shop. You can also bring your own food. There's lockers and stroller parking too. They also have a small toy stand - proceeds go to the... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit San Diego often and as the kid has grown up he always talks about this "museum". I noticed this last visit that the environment is reaching its limit of stimulation for a 6 year old. We spend a few hours playing with the "structure logs" and doing an art project. But most of the other exhibits / things... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be called a museum is anything but. The New Children's "Museum" is simply a glorified activity center with ZERO educational value to children of any age group. It's amazing that such a venue is able to be considered a museum. Upon entry, the lobby is dreary...not very welcoming or museum like at all...more like the atrium of an up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the place. My 6 years old son gravitated towards the outside activities and painting. He made a special art to his mom which was very thoughtful. The place has 3 levels with different themes. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We spent about 2-3 hours exploring the place. Definitely going back there once in town.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This interactive playing environment was perfect. Hours of fun. Many different activities to challenge and engage children. I recommend a membership for unlimited and unrestricted access.

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Hamburg, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

Brought a 3 year old and she had a great time in the sand and making a clay creation. 12$ was a lot for what there was but it was alot of fun and looks like there is always new things to do.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

We had visited the Children's Museum in Phoenix the week before and, in comparison, unfortunetly, we were disappointed with this - especially considering the price. There were not that many play areas/toys, some exhibits seemed unfinished, some toys worn/used.

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Port republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This place was so convenient to get to and packed with activities for my 4 year old granddaughter. We all enjoyed playing with her on the learning activities and want to go back next time we are in San Diego.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

I brought my 4 & 7 year olds, and I'm sad to say my 7 year old was just too old for what they had. There wasn't much there to see or do. We spent nearly $50 & were there less than an hour & did several things twice. The only part that I can speak positively about is the... More 

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