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The New Children's Museum

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Address: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6850
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
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

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 1 week ago
Sicily, Italy
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Sicily, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Gratina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank Peter W
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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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Los Angeles, CA
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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.

Thank TaxLass
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 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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