The New Children's Museum

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About The New Children's Museum


The New Children¹s Museum is a dynamic new model of a children¹s museum that provides inventive and engaging art experiences that are meaningful tochildren and families. NCM brings families together in a rich educational environment that fosters creativity ‹ blending elements of art museum and children¹s museum.

The Museum stimulates imagination, inquisitiveness and innovative thinking by exhibiting participatory works of art by contemporary artists and providing a venue for art and play to coexist. The Museum empowers childrenthrough fun-filled exhibitions, hands-on art making activities, special artistic performances and educational experiences. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

Across the street from the building is a beautiful park, extending the museum visit outdoors with space for running and climbing. The Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment in which the entire family can think, play and create together.

The New Children's Museum faces Harbor Drive and is well positioned near the MTS Convention Center Trolley stop, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easily reachable to residents and visitors throughout the region.


September – May

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12 – 4

Closed Tuesdays

June – August (Summer Hours)

Monday – Saturday 10 – 4; Sunday 12 – 4


August 15, 2013 — Downtown San Diego – The New Children’s Museum has confirmed the 13 artists or artist collectives that have been commissioned to create installations for the Museum’s next major exhibition, Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food opening October 13. The latest in a series of Museum-wide thematic exhibitions designed to help visitors think, play and create, Feast will explore the subject of food through playful, multi-sensory, immersive experiences.

Feast showcases the innovative ways in which today’s artists are thinking about food and will provide children and families with truly unique interactive activities. All of the artworks focus on timely topics around food including health, agriculture, family heritage, community, and the environment. The exhibition and related programs will provide children and adults opportunities to engage in creative play and discuss food, its role in their lives, and how it affects their health. In addition to using contemporary art as a vehicle for presenting these ideas, the exhibition will incorporate science, technology, music, and design in novel and engaging ways.

“We want a visit to the Museum to be about more than just looking at things on the walls or playing with toys,” explained executive director Julianne Markow. “We have created a wide range of unique creative play activities that children and families can do here or at home to enhance their experience and deepen their levels of discovery and learning.”

The newly-commissioned works of art are rich examples of how artists are often at the forefront of issues concerning our society. The Feast installations will encourage visitors to look at food from new perspectives: food as building blocks and sculpting materials, food as sources for sound, food as visual symbols, and more! In addition to the artwork, NCM will provide a wide range of hands-on art-making activities, educational programs, workshops, and celebratory events, all designed to provide an ever-changing menu of enrichment opportunities.