Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Museum hours

In accordance with the State of Washington mandate and recommendations by the CDC, all guests aged 5+ are required and ages 3+ are highly recommended to wear a mask or face covering. Masks/face coverings must be cloth or disposable medical masks, fully cover the nose and mouth, and worn at all times. Medical exemptions, mesh masks, gators, bandanas, and masks with vents are not accepted. Face shields are welcome for those unable to wear a traditional mask. View the latest release.

** We are currently operating at a reduced capacity and we reach our capacity limits from time to time. Please be patient during this time as we strive to provide play for all of our guests. For any questions, you may reach us at 253.627.6031. 

New Hours Starting October 1

Public Hours

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

  • Daily sessions at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Low sensory hours Friday 2 – 5 p.m.

Member-Only Hours


  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • 9 – 10 a.m.
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Fall Programs

Wee Ones Weekly (WOW) (Must be a museum member to attend. Learn more about membership here.)

  • Mondays from 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Register here

Group Visits

  • Available for all regular hours except during low sensory hours.
  • Reserve your group visit here


1501 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA 98402 

Mailing address: 1501 Pacific Avenue, Suite 202, Tacoma WA 98402

Planned closures

We are closed on holidays and other events throughout the year

Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day


Admission to the Museum is called Pay As You Will which means that it is by donation only. This admission model is the only one of its kind among children’s museums in the nation and has been recognized with a national award from the Association of Children’s Museum and as a finalist for the IMLS National Medal of Honor.

Pay As You Will admission is supported by Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charity Trust and US Bank Foundation. KeyBank is a founding Pay As You Will partner.

All donations made through Pay As You Will support the Museum and keep it accessible for every family in our community.

Why Pay As You Will is Important

At the Children’s Museum of Tacoma we want to ensure that every child and family can come play, so we offer Pay As You Will admission. Please consider making a donation of admission – at any level – when visiting the Museum. Your support of Pay As You Will admission means we will be able to serve more families everyday!

Historically, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma has offered free admission through a number of programs: First Fridays Free, Library Passes and Free Market Play days. In 2010, almost 50% of the Museum’s visitors took advantage of one of these access programs. One-third of these visitors are low income. When the Museum opened it’s current facility Pay As You Will Admission offered a greater capacity to reach more families, engage more children in playful learning and support more parents.

While You Are Here


Strollers will be temporarily allowed in the Museum galleries and playscapes while lockers are unavailable to guests.  Lobby stroller parking is also still available. We encourage you to leave your stroller home if you can.  When your child is not physically in the stroller, please park your stroller somewhere out of high traffic areas.

Lock it up before you play

Lockers are available free of charge.  Lock up your bags and coats while you PLAY!

Food and Drink in the Museum

Social distancing is no longer required. Eating and drinking will be permitted in our cafes and lobbies.  Guest may remove their masks while actively eating and drinking, only.

Your membership supports Pay As You Will admission for families in our community

Museum Membership

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Benefits of becoming a member

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