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“CHOM's in Tuscaloosa”

Children's Hands-On Museum
Ranked #4 of 40 things to do in Tuscaloosa
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Owner description: Welcome to the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa! CHOM, where children Explore, Create, and Discover each time they visit. When we say "hands-on" we mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you're encouraged to touch, feel, and play your way through our award winning museum. In 25 exhibits CHOM offers newborns through age 12 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, daily early childhood programs, events, holiday celebrations, state curriculum specific field trips and parties all wait for you at CHOM! Visit soon! Join over 73,000 visitors each year who know we're the BEST for family fun! CHOM is a 30 year old non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing dynamic leaning experiences.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed December 28, 2007

What a lovely museum for children! The wonderful variety of themes covered in this museum ensures that everyone in the family will find several areas in which to let their imaginations run free. As a child growing up in the Chicago area, I loved my family's many visits to the museums but they could take a page out of CHOM's exhibits!

Grandma's attic is set like an old house with costumes of yesteryear to dress in while playing here. Yesteryear's mainstreet was a real treat for us grown-ups but my son found it equally fascinating.

As a frequent international traveler and mother of a 5 year old, I was thrilled to be able to show my son how Japanese families live. The authentic Japanese house, which was provided by a local Japanese employer, is complete with kitchen and bathroom - my son was fascinated with the in-ground toilet and tall square tub! Plenty of real props allow you to set the table for meals, then when bedtime rolls around, move the table, pull the bedding from the closet and make down the beds!

He played endlessly in the tugboat where he was pilot and deckhand. The farmer's market complete with old farm truck let him pick out his crops and take them to market to sell.

We played doctor at the "hospital". As an exhibit provided by a local hospital, they have incorporated everything to give the feel of the real thing from the waiting room and registration desk, orthopaedic unit (with life-sized skeleton to examine), obstetrical unit, and healthy living station where the children can weigh themselves, take blood pressure, etc.

Crawling around in the indian village and nearby cave brought yet another experience in both nature and history.

All of the exhibits, while geared for children, are sized to play in and arranged like the real things so can be enjoyed by the whole family. We weren't able to experience some of the other exhibits because we hadn't allowed enough time for our first visit but you can bet that we will go back next time we visit Tuscaloosa - this time allowing more hours to enjoy it leisurely! Allow a full afternoon (3-4 hours) to really appreciate this dandy little museum!

3  Thank petersse
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Reviewed October 21, 2005

The museum was very fun! The first exhibit was a cave to walk through with neat things to look at. It had an Indian village inside the area after the cave. We rubbed holes in shells to string a necklace and EVERYONE did that! We also enjoyed the shops (drugstore, bank, etc.) that are set up. They look like actual shops with real items, not play stuff-but the kids get to use it all! (The bank was robbed while our kids played! LOL) I mostly liked the little house they had with a tea table set up and lots of hats and clothes to try on. We have a great family picture with all 8 of us in costume. Then downstairs there is a Japanese house, barge boat, doctors office (all of them another real set, not a fake kids plastic thing!) and more. The staff was friendly but stayed out of our way, and the prices weren't too bad. We loved our time there.

4  Thank Ratfacegirl
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Reviewed May 29, 2012
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