The New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum We’re called The New Children’s Museum because there’s always something new to experience & discover!
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The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts. As a San Diego non-profit, our Museum empowers children to think, play and create through engaging exhibitions, art-making activities, artistic performances, and educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to pr***en, The New Children's Museum inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

NCM has updated our 2024 Membership levels and structure to be more flexible for members. All member benefits include: u...
01/09/2024

NCM has updated our 2024 Membership levels and structure to be more flexible for members. All member benefits include: unlimited admission for the number of people specified on membership (not restricted by living in the same household), 50% off Museum Garage parking, 10% off JoyRide Bookstore, Bean Sprouts Café, and Museum Birthday Parties, early camp registration, and so much more. There has never been a better time to be a member!

Visit our link in bio to learn more and secure the membership level right for you!

01/04/2024

It almost the beginning of the month… 😆 Get ready to explore San Diego with Discover & Go! Your library card gets you FREE access to thirteen local museums and attractions 🛼🎢 So what are you waiting for? Get out there, discover, and go! 🗺️🧭

Best to reserve tickets at the very beginning of the month, they run fast! 😊

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It's still winter break for many families in San Diego, which means it will be a busy time at the Museum this weekend. S...
01/04/2024

It's still winter break for many families in San Diego, which means it will be a busy time at the Museum this weekend. Swipe for tips to enjoy your visit during high attendance and parking information.

Click the link in bio to plan your visit!

Hop on by our Clay Studio to sculpt your next masterpiece! Click our link in bio to plan your visit!
01/03/2024

Hop on by our Clay Studio to sculpt your next masterpiece!

Click our link in bio to plan your visit!

Welcome 2024 with NCM! We are open today during our regular hours 9am-4pm.Click the link in bio to kick off 2024 with ar...
01/02/2024

Welcome 2024 with NCM!

We are open today during our regular hours 9am-4pm.

Click the link in bio to kick off 2024 with art + play!

Happy 2024! 🥳The Museum is closed today but we will be open tomorrow Tuesday, January 2. Click our link in bio to plan y...
01/01/2024

Happy 2024! 🥳

The Museum is closed today but we will be open tomorrow Tuesday, January 2.

Click our link in bio to plan your first visit of the year!

Reminder: We are open today!  Spend the last day of 2023 with us at NCM. We will also be open Tuesday, January 2. Click ...
12/31/2023

Reminder: We are open today! Spend the last day of 2023 with us at NCM.

We will also be open Tuesday, January 2.

Click our link in bio to plan your visit!

Reminder: The Musuem will be CLOSED New Year's Day, Monday, January 1. We will be open Tuesday, January 2. Can't wait to...
12/29/2023

Reminder: The Musuem will be CLOSED New Year's Day, Monday, January 1.

We will be open Tuesday, January 2.

Can't wait to see you in 2024!

Click the link in bio to plan your first visit of the new year!

Last chance to lock in 2023 rates for membership to NCM!For Museum members there is so much to be excited for in the new...
12/28/2023

Last chance to lock in 2023 rates for membership to NCM!

For Museum members there is so much to be excited for in the new year. Here is a sneak peek into our 2024 theme of, "Science Fiction Creates the Future," featuring an exhibition for young people inspired by Octavia E. Butler, an installation created by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger, and a vibrant mural by artist Mithsuca Berry.

Exciting New Installations:

🌰 March 2024: Seeding Futures - Dive into a world inspired by Octavia E. Butler's vision.
🌈 March 2024: Mithsuca Berry's Mural - Witness a visual odyssey of diversity and creativity.
🚀 November 2024: Cannupa Hanska Luger - Explore science fiction through an indigenous perspective with this powerful installation.

Plus, Exciting News! 🎨 We're expanding our Art Making Studio for kids to unleash their creativity in late Summer 2024! With over 6,000 square feet of expanded space, youth of all ages will have a space to express themselves and grow their artistic visions.

Your support creates a vibrant future for art and imagination!

Visit the link in bio to secure your membership at 2023 pricing and secure your spot in these futuristic installations!

Close out 2023 with the joy of art + play! Click our link in bio to end the year on a high note!
12/27/2023

Close out 2023 with the joy of art + play!

Click our link in bio to end the year on a high note!

Shake off that post-holiday cabin fever! Join us at The Museum for a dose of creativity and fun. Your adventure begins h...
12/26/2023

Shake off that post-holiday cabin fever! Join us at The Museum for a dose of creativity and fun. Your adventure begins here!

Click the link in bio to plan your visit!

Reminder: The Museum is closed today, but we will be OPEN tomorrow, Tuesday, December 26!We will also be open Tuesday, J...
12/25/2023

Reminder: The Museum is closed today, but we will be OPEN tomorrow, Tuesday, December 26!

We will also be open Tuesday, January 2.

Visit our link in bio to check our calendar for full holiday ours!

It’s a holiday weekend which means it will be a busy time at the Museum. Swipe for our holiday hours, tips to enjoy your...
12/22/2023

It’s a holiday weekend which means it will be a busy time at the Museum. Swipe for our holiday hours, tips to enjoy your visit during high attendance, and parking information.

Click the link in bio to plan your visit!

Meet the Seeding Futures Collective! In March 2024, “Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures” opens to the public. This upcom...
12/22/2023

Meet the Seeding Futures Collective! In March 2024, “Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures” opens to the public. This upcoming exhibit is guided by a collective of artists, scholars, and visionaries who are contributing to telling the story of Octavia E. Butler, the power of imagination, and an alternative future that is more just and fair. Swipe to meet and celebrate this remarkable collective!

Visit our link in bio to learn more about the Seeding Futures Collective!

12/20/2023

This week the weather outside may be frightful, but inside NCM it’s so delightful!
Head over to , where our exhibits and art making activities guarantee sunshine on the gloomiest days! And as always with rainy days be be prepared for a busier Museum than usual.

Click our link in bio to plan your visit!

Reminder: The Museum will be OPEN tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18! We will also be open Tuesday, December 26 + Tuesday, J...
12/18/2023

Reminder: The Museum will be OPEN tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18!

We will also be open Tuesday, December 26 + Tuesday, January 2.

Visit our link in bio to check the Calendar for full Holiday Hours!

Have you followed the ferns into ’s Cavern Light? It’s a one-of-a-kind experience providing a serene environment for res...
12/13/2023

Have you followed the ferns into ’s Cavern Light?

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience providing a serene environment for rest and joy. Now is the perfect time encounter the meditative stillness at the center of Cavern Light.

Click the link in bio to plan your visit!

12/12/2023

Inspired by the life and work of author Octavia E. Butler, The New Children’s Museum (NCM) is embarking on a two-year exploration of science fiction. Their...

Exciting news! The New Children's Museum is featured in a new article by the prestigious American Alliance of Museums. T...
12/12/2023

Exciting news! The New Children's Museum is featured in a new article by the prestigious American Alliance of Museums. The spotlight is on our upcoming exhibit “Octavia E. Butler: Seeding Futures”, set to debut in March 2024.

Swipe to read a couple excerpts from the American Alliance of Museum’s interview with the founder of Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network and advising curator in partnership with the Museum, Ayana Jamieson, PhD, and Chief Curator + Director of Audience Engagment, Gabrielle Wyrick!

Visit our link in bio to read the full interview!

Beginning today, the private parking lot closest to NCM (ABM parking lot 1035), located at 450 Second Avenue, will be cl...
12/08/2023

Beginning today, the private parking lot closest to NCM (ABM parking lot 1035), located at 450 Second Avenue, will be closed to the public through Tuesday, December 12.

The New Children's Museum's on-site parking garage will still be open.

Additionally, to accommodate guests, $10 validated parking at the Horton Plaza parking garage is available. Swipe to learn more.

Please note that any non-approved vehicles parked in the ABM parking lot 1035 will be towed at the owner's expense. Kindly prepare accordingly.

Thank you for understanding!

12/07/2023

Experts share their best advice for helping little ones get excited about visual art, theater, and other mediums.

12/07/2023

Fantastic! Thanks to our advocates and Councilmembers Moreno and Campillo for making Penny for Arts and Culture more than a concept - it is our future! We look forward to this being reflected in the Mayor's budget. This is a momentous, unanimous vote for the City!
Councilmember Raul Campillo
Vivian Moreno
Space 4 Art
The New Children's Museum
Fleet Science Center
Comic-Con Museum
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
San Diego Youth Symphony
Spreckels Organ Society Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Kimberly Art Show
San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
San Diego Museum Council
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Asian Story Theater
Mid-City CAN (Community Advocacy Network)
The Old Globe
San Diego Junior Theatre
MOXIE Theatre

Paint, Shrink, Wear! Our new Innovators LAB Workshop “Winter Wearables” kicks off today! Using a special plastic shrink ...
12/07/2023

Paint, Shrink, Wear!

Our new Innovators LAB Workshop “Winter Wearables” kicks off today! Using a special plastic shrink film, paint makers, and a heat gun, visitors can design and draw directly on the plastic shrink film. Then using the heat gun watch their art shrink into a permanent clear mini-sculpture. Visitors can then add the mini sculpture to a key chain, necklace, or pin to wear home or give as a gift!

Visit the link bio to plan your visit!

12/06/2023

At the New Children’s Museum, The Kids Run This Place! In this segment, we’re at “The Wonder Sound” by Wes Bruce to investigate what the kids think about the museum. Take note, the kids have spoken!

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Edit by Brandon Mosquera

From our garden to our drop-in, learn about Native Plants and their historic Kumeyaay applications! It’s been 6 months s...
12/05/2023

From our garden to our drop-in, learn about Native Plants and their historic Kumeyaay applications!

It’s been 6 months since students planted “‘Ipay Nyechewuuw”, “Our People’s Garden”. It’s the perfect time to stop by, check in on its growth, and then create your favorite Native plant to take home at our drop-in!

Hit the link in bio to plan your next visit!

“Octavia E. Butler Seeding Futures” exhibit opens at the New Children’s Museum in March 2024!This exhibit will be the fi...
12/01/2023

“Octavia E. Butler Seeding Futures” exhibit opens at the New Children’s Museum in March 2024!

This exhibit will be the first of kind youth focused exhibit on the life and work of American science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). The installation will imaginatively embody Butler’s story, pivotal moments from her childhood and inspire visitors to dream, question, and create.

Leading up to the exhibit, we’ve collaborated with a network of advisors, community partners and artists to envision and plan this exhibit. Most recently, we hosted the Seed to Tree workshop in August 2023! Community members attended the gathering for a weekend of art making through different mediums, creative writing, and sharing their ideas for the upcoming exhibit. Thank you to the Seed to Tree community who joined us for an imaginative and inspiring weekend!

Stay tuned as we will be sharing more about the journey to creating Octavia E. Butler Seeding Futures and as we highlight the many collaborators involved in this project.

Swipe for highlights from the Seed to Tree Workshop!

🌟 Close out Giving Tuesday by supporting The New Children's Museum! As a non-profit your generosity means:🎨 Igniting Cre...
11/29/2023

🌟 Close out Giving Tuesday by supporting The New Children's Museum! As a non-profit your generosity means:

🎨 Igniting Creativity: Empower artistic exploration and imaginative play.
📚 Fueling Education: Provide resources for interactive learning experiences.
😊 Spreading Joy: Bring smiles to young faces through enriching programs and exhibits.

Join us in making a difference today! Every contribution fuels a world of possibilities for children and families.


🌟 Happy Giving Tuesday! Today, you have the power to make a lasting impact. As a non-profit your support is critical to ...
11/28/2023

🌟 Happy Giving Tuesday! Today, you have the power to make a lasting impact. As a non-profit your support is critical to our mission of providing a space for play and belonging. Your generosity fuels creativity, education, and joy for young minds. Join in the global movement to support your local non-profits today! Visit the link in bio to make your donation!


"tell me about it" is a zine by Senior Teaching Artist Eddie Johnson, showcasing a collection of anonymous found artwork...
11/28/2023

"tell me about it" is a zine by Senior Teaching Artist Eddie Johnson, showcasing a collection of anonymous found artwork created by children at NCM from January to November of 2023.

Eddie describes the idea behind the zine:

"When a child shows me their artwork, I ask them "Can you tell me about this?" to allow them to explain it on their own terms, instead of making any assumptions about what they created. I titled the zine "tell me about it" because" it's what I would have asked these artists if I had the chance to talk to them.

So much art gets left behind throughout the Museum without any context. I started collecting my favorites I would find at the end of the day in January. I wasn't sure what to do with them until I looked at them as a collection, and noticed the similarities and connections between the pieces I was drawn to saving.

I wanted the artwork in the zine to stand without written context, like the way I found them: on the floor, or in a pile on a table, or crumpled up in a corner. But I take them seriously as art and as expression and I wanted to present them in a way that gets others to take them seriously, too.

Because all the pieces are anonymous, to me they tell the story of an amalgamation of the kids i get to meet every day. We might not remember each other or even have met that day - but everything you create and leave behind is a little piece of you for someone else to discover.

Eddie .rj (they/he) is an artist who loves bugs, history, teaching, and his houseplant Jerri. They are a Senior Teaching Artist at NCM and the Chair for the Museum's union. You can usually find them making art in the Innovators Lab or dancing at Toddler Time. They are still collecting forgotten artwork each day and hope to make a second volume soon".

Copies of the zine can be found in the Innovators Lab and the library cart. A free digital PDF is available to peruse and download at the link in our bio.

🌟 Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is around the corner! Join millions around the world on 11/28 to create a massive wave o...
11/26/2023

🌟 Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is around the corner! Join millions around the world on 11/28 to create a massive wave of generosity by supporting The New Children's Museum. As a non-profit your generosity fuels imagination, education, and endless smiles for young minds. Let's create lasting impact together!

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