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Address: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6850
Phone Number: +1 619-233-8792
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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This is a really awesome museum for kids. It's not a typical "museum". It's always changing/evolving and a place for kids to explore. I came here as a chaperone for my son's 2nd... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
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Sicily, Italy
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are loads of things for the kids to do on multiple floors. There are stairs as well as an elevator that will hold strollers. You can leave your stroller by the entrance as well. The activities include a variety of tactile stimuli, some art projects, and jumping. The small selection of food in the cafe is healthy though can... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with our 18 month old grandson and loved it. As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet and mother of two active duty service men, we really appreciated free admission in honor of Veteran's day! The staff was very friendly. The young man working in the café is no exception. I recommend this for fun family time.

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Sicily, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a really awesome museum for kids. It's not a typical "museum". It's always changing/evolving and a place for kids to explore. I came here as a chaperone for my son's 2nd grade class and he really enjoyed it. I will definitely be bringing him back for further exploration. October is free for kids so get your little ones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

My 2 kids had such a great time at the Childrens Museum that they did not know what to do or where to go inside there. They were both excited all the time. So many things to explore and create.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I've been holding out on visiting this museum for some time, because I thought my older kids would be bored. Boy was I wrong! We spent 3+ hours on the entry level before I could even drag my kids away to explore the other 2 floors. My children are 3, 7 and 9 and we're all busy exploring the entire... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

My kids (5 & 7) loved this museum. At first I thought it might be targeting younger kids but they absolutely loved it! It is very well designed with lots of spaces for kids to be unconstrained in their creativity. The room full of cardboard boxes was inspired - this is my kids' dream. We ate at the cafe which... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Bigger Kid area - unfinished wood - splinters galore; Machinery - kids could put their hand in and really get hurt (an industrial spinning gear of some sort) Little kid area - rugs were haphazzardly put down. Saw a little one trip and fall by catching his foot on the lifted rug Bathrooms -DIRTY I went in one and was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Was a little concerned that our seven month old babies would be overwhelmed. However, they loved the place. There are many opportunities to engage in various activities. Fantastic place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We were visiting from Dallas and it was my family's first time in San Diego. We got the Go San Diego pass for all 4 of us (son age 7, daughter age 3) and this was the last stop on our trip before heading to the airport after a fast paced previous 3 days. It was perfect as it allowed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is a great space for kids to explore and play. Upstairs is a creative play area of many different rooms. The kids can climb and search around the spaces. It's hard to get the kids down. Then the kids discovered the clay station ... downstairs and outside. Clay allows your children to get their hands all messy (they have... More 

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