The New Children’s Museum empowers children to think, play and create through participatory exhibitions, engaging art-making activities, captivating artistic performances and in-depth educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art. Including a cafe, abundant seating, quiet space for parents and infants and an outdoor park, the Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together.
Across the street from the building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running and climbing as well as a view of the trains and trolley going by. Designed by Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects, the park features climbing structures, swings, hard and soft surface playrooms and sand play. The acclaimed poet Quincy Troupe collaborated with SPLA to create poems inspired by, and integrated with the park features.
Join us for our seasonal programming!
In celebration of Fall, we have a number of new activities available starting October 1. Our Spider Spy Game is a fun twist on hide-and-seek! Find the giant spider hiding in our museum and receive a small prize from the welcome desk. Creepy Clay Sculptures are perfect for ages 1+. Follow our Halloween-inspired recipe cards to sculpt a monster finger puppet or jack-o-lantern. Let your artistic side show and draw a sketch on our giant Spooky Chalk Mural. Our Friday Toddler Times will include, Spooktacular Stories, Monster Mash, Boooogie Down and Finger Painting. Come get spooky with us!
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Drawing influence from tree houses, empowered neighborhoods, canyons at night, sacred plants, silhouetted mountain ranges in the distance, animals that have never been seen, original stories, forgotten histories, whispered languages, ancient footpaths, imaginary places and the human condition, The Wonder Sound is an entirely new and complex culture that blends fact and fiction, the tangible and the ephemeral. It is a work of art that you physically enter into and discover.
This immersive, interactive room is filled with 40+ mattresses and over 160 “pillow” tires for children (and grown ups) to play, crawl, jump and bounce around in. The installation features two sections: the larger gallery is for children age 5+ and the smaller gallery directly outside is specifically designed for our littlest wobblers and toddlers.
A gigantic kitchen sink! The artist has created an area that resembles a giant kitchen sink and filled it with over-sized soft food sculptures. Infants and toddlers 4 and under have exclusive reign in Wobbleland, where they can make creative discoveries: explore an avocado teeter totter, play with slices of a giant tomato, crawl through a cheese wedge, and so much more. Each sculpture presents challenges such as stacking, spinning, sorting and rocking and invites its young audience to explore. Toddlers use play to understand the world around them and develop important skills as they interact with each food sculpture.
Children can observe the power of their creative imagination through Sketch Aquarium. Paper and art making materials offer opportunities to design and color a sea creature. Once completed, the piece of paper is scanned, and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Children may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.
At first glance, the twisting tracksin Desert Derby look like freeways. Take a closer look, and you will see a dam: a structure that stops a river’s flow. This installation is a landscape of reservoirs and roads inspired by Southern California’s true nature as an engineered phenomenon in the desert.
Explore this four-story house featuring California architectural styles from different time periods and locales throughout the golden state. Each level shows a different piece of California history and celebrates life, family, innovation, and resourcefulness.
Click here to see a full list of our current art installations and exhibitions.
Visit The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
Monday and Wednesday-Saturday: 9:30am-4pm
Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day):
200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA