Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Museum hours

Celebrate at the Museum

Public Hours

Thursday

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday – Sunday

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Low Sensory Hours

  • Thursday 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Low Sensory Hours are reserved for families with sensory sensitivities. Ambient noise and light are turned down to provide an even more inviting place to explore, play, and learn. Weighted vests and noise cancelling headphones are available for families upon request. Low Sensory Hours are especially appropriate for children with autism and sensory processing disorder. Low Sensory Hours are open to all children experiencing special needs and their families.

Member-Only Hours

Become a member here

Members receive exclusive hours access to the Museum, members-only hours, and special discounts.

Monday

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday

  • 9 – 10 a.m.

Playful Programs

Wee Ones Weekly (WOW)

  • Wee Ones Weekly is a themed hour of activities and storytelling for Museum Members from September to June
  • Wee Ones Weekly is held on Member Mondays from 10 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Must be a museum member to attend. Learn more about membership
  • View upcoming WOW events here

Group Visits

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

Play to Learn

  • A thematic program where families play together, including a storytime, art activities, dancing, and more
  • View time and locations

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Location

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 Day and Christmas Eve/Day

Admissions

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. In addition, museum memberships are another way to support Pay As You Will for children and families.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our children’s museums are wheelchair accessible, adhering to ADA guidelines to ensure a welcoming environment for individuals with mobility challenges. The building has ramps and elevators to facilitate easy entry, and our spacious doorways are designed to accommodate wheelchairs. If you are a wheelchair user and require any additional assistance or information about our accessibility features, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are committed to providing an inclusive experience for all our visitors.

Strollers are not allowed in the Museum galleries since space is limited. There is dedicated parking in the Museum lobby, but we encourage you to leave your stroller home if possible.

We have lockers available free of charge to lock up your bags and coats while you play.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the Museum galleries. We have a cafe space in the lobby where enjoy your food and drinks. Help keep the Museum galleries a clean place to play by keeping them food free.

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    • On the weekends, the parking lot adjacent to the Museum is Pay to Park and open to visitors
    • During the week, the lot adjacent to the Museum is not open to the general public, and visitors can find metered parking along the street on Pacific Avenue
    • There are multiple paid parking lots near the Museum on weekdays
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    • Parking is available and free in the lot next to the Children’s Museum at JBLM

Only individuals who have access to enter Joint Base Lewis-McChord can visit the Children’s Museum at JBLM. Please get in touch with the JBLM visitor center for any questions about your base access.