National Children’s Museum is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Note, we’ll close early on December 24 at 1:30 pm.

Tickets are required for admission. Learn more about how we’re ensuring a safe and fun experience for our visitors by reviewing our COVID-19 policies. Before your visit, please familiarize yourself with our general guest policies and check out our frequently asked questions for tips for a great trip!

general admission

General admission for children 1+ and adults is $18.95 per person. Tickets for members and children under one are free.

looking for member tickets? jump to member admission

booking community access program tickets? use the general admission calendar and have your organization’s code handy

coordinating a group visit? jump to group admission

important ticketing information

The Museum operates with hourly, timed-entry tickets. Please arrive within the hour of your reserved entry time. For example, if you purchase tickets for the 10:30 am entry time, we ask that you arrive between 10:30 and 11:30 am. Note that guests will not be admitted before their designated entry time.

The last entry is at 3:30 pm. Please be aware the Museum closes at 4:30 pm. If you would like to spend more time at the Museum, we suggest reserving an earlier entry time to give you more time to explore.

Advanced tickets are strongly recommended. Walk up tickets are limited and are not guaranteed. We also encourage you to reserve tickets for your entire party in one order, as time slots may sell out quickly.

Every Wednesday at 8:30 am ET, a new week of tickets will be released. Tickets are released 2 months in advance.

Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to visit due to health concerns, you may exchange your tickets for a new date and time by reaching out to  [email protected] in advance of your original ticket time.

member admission

A family membership is your ticket to discovering a new world of possibilities at National Children’s Museum! Want to become a member and save on visits to National Children’s Museum? Visit our membership page to learn more.

Members, use the button below to reserve your free tickets. You must be logged in to your account to apply your membership benefits. Please select tickets labeled for members. Download our member ticket guide for step-by-step instructions. Should you have any questions, please email [email protected].

community access program admission

Use the calendar in the general admission section above to select your desired visit date and time (9:30 am or 2:30 pm). Have your organization’s code handy to use during checkout.

For step-by-step directions, please reach out to your organization.

group admission

Groups of 15 visitors or more receive a 10% discount on Museum admission and must fill out our group visit form. Booking is subject to availability, and larger groups should get in touch 4-8 weeks in advance of their desired visit date. Maximum of 100 tickets per group.