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Children's Museum Tucson - Attraction Guide

Childrens Museum Tucson | Children's Museum Tucson - Attraction Guide

Children's Museum Tucson is a vibrant, playful, educational space for babies up to age 10 in Downtown Tucson.

The 17,000-square-foot museum has 11 indoor exhibits, party rooms, and a beautiful outdoor courtyard with an additional three exhibits.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where is Children's Museum Tucson located?

Children's Museum Tucson is located in Downtown Tucson, directly across the street from Armory Park. The museum is within close walking distance of Arizona Theatre Company, the Tucson Convention Center, and numerous excellent eateries. 

The address is: 200 S. 6th Ave, Tucson.

What are the hours?

The museum is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Where do I park?

There is mostly surface street, metered parking around the museum. It is 25 cents for 15 minutes. Meter time limits vary by street so be sure to check your available time. Meters accept change or credit/debit cards. Alternatively, you can download the GoTucson Parking app and pay on your phone. There are also several parking garages nearby with varying costs.

For a special adventure, you can also park anywhere along the route and ride the Tucson Streetcar. The nearest streetcar stop is one block east at 6th and Broadway, for the eastbound streetcar. For the westbound streetcar, the nearest stop is two blocks away at 6th and Congress.

Why would I visit Children's Museum Tucson?

  • To wander the exhibits with your small children
  • To attend a storytime or special event
  • To have a picnic in the outdoor courtyard
  • To go to a birthday party or other celebration

How much does it cost?

Admission is $9 per adult/child. Children under 12 months are admitted free. Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Can I purchase a membership instead?

Yes!

Annual Membership Benefits

  • Free Admission Every Day
  • Members-only hours and events
  • 4 one-time-use guest passes (electronic)
  • 20% off birthday parties
  • 10% off facility rentals
  • Monthly e-newsletter subscription
  • Members-only guest admission discount, available when member is present

Annual Membership Rates

  • Family Fun: $120/year (2 named adults + 4 named children)
  • Just For Grandparents: $100/year (2 named grandparents + all grandchildren)
  • Three For All: $95/year (any named party of three)

You can also purchase "dual memberships" at an additional cost, which will give you access to both Children's Museum Tucson and Children's Museum Oro Valley.

Does Children's Museum offer FREE or Discount Admission Days?

Yes. The Museum offers free or discounted admission days throughout the year. Current promotions are listed below.

  • $3/3s – $3 per person admission on the third of each month.
  • Make it Mondays! – $3/person admission every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Art After Dark – Free admission from 5:30-8:00pm on the Second Saturday of each month.
  • Free community events – Check the museum calendar for upcoming events.
  • Military families can get one child in free for each presented Military ID.

Children’s Museum Tucson is also part of the Museums for All program. Families that present an EBT/SNAP card or a WIC card and a valid form of photo ID can get $3 per person admission for up to 4 people.

How much time should I allot for my visit?

All families are different, but 1 to 3 hours should be ample time to meander through the museum.

What should I wear?

Children's Museum Tucson is air-conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Most of the museum is indoors, but the outdoor courtyard and exhibits are fun to explore when the weather is nice.

What should I bring with me?

Water bottles and snacks. Perhaps a picnic lunch?

Are bathrooms available? 

Yes. There are two sets of restrooms - one near the center of the museum and one at the south end.

What are the most and least crowded days/times to visit Children's Museum Tucson?

Weekends are always busier than weekdays, although any day during the summer can be a busy day. School and group tours are on-site at Children's Museum Tucson nearly every day of the week, even during summer. These usually take place between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Summer Mondays are a reduced admission day ($3) and are VERY busy, as are the third day of each month, which has $3 admission as well.

If you are hoping for a quieter experience, afternoons are always less busy on any given day of the week.

DINING

Is outside food allowed? Are picnic tables available?

Food and drinks are not permitted in exhibit spaces. You can, however, pack a lunch or snack to eat in the lobby or at the covered picnic tables in the outdoor courtyard.

What dining venues are available on-site?

There is no on-site snack bar or restaurant, but Children's Museum Tucson does have a vending machine with healthier snack options.

What restaurants are located NEAR Children's Museum Tucson?

You’re in luck! There are gads of terrific restaurants in the downtown area. Try one of the below options - all within walking distance of Children's Museum Tucson!

  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St (less than a mile away) – lunch, dinner, spirits, wine, beer garden
  • Cafe Poca Cosa, 110 E. Pennington St (less than a mile away) – upscale urban bistro, “imaginative Mexican cuisine,” menu changes twice daily, reservations required
  • 47 Scott, 47 N. Scott Ave (2.1 miles away) – neighborhood bistro, dinner daily (4-10pm), happy hour (4-6pm), weekend brunch
  • La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave (less than a mile away) – brunch, lunch, dinner, sandwiches, salads, southwestern fare, indoor + outdoor seating, live music
  • Cafe a La C’Art (inside Tucson Museum of Art), 150 N. Main Ave (less than a mile away) – Monet inspired garden patio, pastries, breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave (less than a mile away) – indoor + outdoor seating, sandwiches, salads, beer + wine
  • Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery, 266 E. Congress St (less than a mile away) – fun atmosphere, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, beer + wine, ice cream
  • Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, 135 S. 6th Ave (less than a mile away) – dinner, desserts, happy hour, gourmet American cuisine prepared by a renowned chef

BABIES & KIDS

What ages would be best suited for a museum visit?

All ages are welcome, but the museum is best for babies up to age 10. The "sweet spot" is probably ages 2-8.

Note that unaccompanied adults may only visit the Museum with a CMT staff member, depending on availability.

Should I bring a stroller?

Children's Museum Tucson isn't huge so a stroller probably isn't necessary, but you are welcome to bring one.

Is there a designated area for nursing moms?

There is no designated lounge, but moms are welcome to nurse anywhere they feel comfortable. There are some seating areas in quieter corners for those that need them.

Are changing tables available?

Yes. Changing tables are available in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.

EVENTS

Can I have my child's birthday party at Children's Museum Tucson?

Absolutely! There are three different party packages available. Bring in your own snacks, drinks, cake, or ice cream.

MISCELLANY

Are wheelchairs available?

The museum is wheelchair-accessible. There is one complimentary wheelchair onsite, which is available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is Children's Museum Tucson active on social media?

Yes! You can follow Children's Museum Tucson on Facebook and Instagram.

What else do I need to know before I go to Children's Museum Tucson?

That just about covers it. Have a great time!

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