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“Exceeded Expectations”

Children's Museum of Evansville
Ranked #7 of 40 things to do in Evansville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located in Downtown Evansville, Indiana, The Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville (cMoe) offers over 18,000 square feet of galleries and exhibits, housed in a beautiful historic Art Deco building once home to the public library. The mission of the museum is to spark the curious minds and imaginations of children and their families through dynamic exhibits, programs, and activities. Museum staff and supporters strive to meet that mission everyday by encouraging young minds to explore all that cMoe offers and experience learning through play. Children (and their parents) are encouraged to play hands-on with galleries and exhibits. Popular favorites include performing a play in the 5th Street Theater, splashing in the Wet Deck, climbing through Moe the two-story duck, playing the laser harp, acting like a booger in a giant nose, and chatting with the talking Mark Twain bust. cMoe is located within walking distance to downtown restaurants and other attractions. Hours of Operation Tuesday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

After spending many days at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, I didn't think CMOE had much chance of comparing. To be sure, Cmoe is much smaller and in earlier stages of developing, but it is a legit Children's Museum and several steps beyond the science-lab-in-a-room children's museums you often see in smaller cities.

The building itself is gorgeous and interesting, and Cmoe has done a great job matching up space with exhibits that are interesting and interactive. My children enjoy going there a couple times a month. It's a nice place to spend a few hours.

People have said that the membership/fees are a little high. I feel that the walk-in pricing is very fair and that the membership of $100 is well worth it to have a place to play on a rainy or cold afternoon, or just to check out new exhibits or take advantage of some of the many special events scheduled throughout the year. The programming is well done and they also offer great camps in the summer and throughout the year at breaks.

Whether you're passing through and looking for a place to let kids run off some energy or you're local and want a fun place to come with kids, you should give this a go.

Visited March 2014
4 Thank Laura W
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Newburgh Indiana
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really fun!”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The kids with us - 5 and 3 - were easily entertained and educated by all the wonderful hands on displays. Wide open areas so several kids can be doing the same thing together.
Parking in downtown is not always easy but there is a parking garage if you wish to spend the extra dollars.

Visited June 2013
Thank Jan B
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Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“CMOE needs to step it up”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

This museum is good for kids up to age 10, I would say. We visited yesterday and a couple of their exhibits were not working.
I had been there years before, so I know that in the water room there used to be a fine mist coming up from the round swirling balls in the middle. Also, there is a huge hot air balloon that is supposed to rise as the kids feed the balls into the attraction. That was broken as well. It's too bad, because that was the whole idea of the exhibit to make the balloon rise to the top of the room.
I did find the lady at the front desk to be kind and helpful. They just need to do some repair work.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank monkeytoz
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Sesser, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good outing for kids”
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

This is a great little place for the afternoon. It's geared mostly for kids age 5-12. I found most of it too old for my 3 year old. Although he did have a blast playing in the water with all the balls. So be sure to being dry clothes if your child is like mine, thy will be soaked. It's kinda pricey for what they have. It's really small, can see everything in 2 hours time.

Visited March 2013
Thank jilliams618
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Evansville, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Okay for Evansville”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

I just visited the Children's Museum again with my son's class for a field trip. Since they have been open, I don't feel like they have added much of anything. While we were there, they had the Magic Tree House exhibit. (for a limited time) This was great! They had dress up/interactive stages for kids to imagine life on a prarie. This was the best part of our day. Our 2nd graders loved it. Outside of this age group, I'm not sure if older/younger kids would enjoy it. I will bring my kids here about once a year. It is not comparable with big town museums, but I feel that its something to do for people with kids in this area. I just would like to see some new things added to the rest of the museum. I feel like it's a little pricey for what you get.

Visited March 2013
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