San Diego Sights

The New Children's Museum (NCM)

  • 200 W. Island Ave. Map It
  • Embarcadero
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

The NCM blends contemporary art with unstructured play to create an environment that appeals to children as well as adults. The 50,000-square-foot structure was constructed from recycled building materials, operates on solar energy, and is convection-cooled by an elevator shaft. It also features a nutritious and eco-conscious café. Interactive exhibits include designated areas for toddlers and teens, as well as plenty of activities for the entire family. Several art workshops are offered each day, as well as hands-on studios where visitors are encouraged to create their own art. The studio projects change frequently and the entire museum changes exhibits every 18 to 24 months, so there is always something new to explore. The adjoining 1-acre park and playground is across from the convention center trolley stop.

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200 W. Island Ave., San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10; 2nd Sun. each month free 10–4
  • During school year: Mon. and Wed.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4; closed Tues.; summer hours: Mon.–Sat. 10-4, Sun. noon–4

Published 07/23/2015


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