The New Children’s Museum – San Diego, California

Our 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.

Our vision:  To address a critical need in our society and become a leader in engaging children through contemporary art in order to develop the skills needed for the 21st century.

Our history: The original Museum opened in 1983 in La Jolla as the Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños, and moved to a downtown warehouse in 1993. In 2008, the Museum reopened as The New Children’s Museum – with the word “new” signifying their focus on commissioning contemporary artists to create full scale art installations for children to engage with and explore. The Museum is housed in a dynamic space designed by visionary and award-winning architect Rob Wellington Quigley and is one of the first green museums in California. In 2018, the Museum is celebrating 35 years in San Diego and 10 years as The New Children’s Museum.

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200 W. Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

Admission **

Members FREE
Children (under 1) FREE
Children (1+) $14
Adults $14
Seniors (65+) $10
Military w/ID $10

Hours **

Regular Hours

Monday 9:30am – 4pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:30am – 4pm
Thursday 9:30am – 4pm
Friday 9:30am – 4pm
Saturday 9:30am – 4pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm

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