Admission Fees

General admission: $11
Infants under 6 months: free
Members: free

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As a Blue Star Museum, we are free for active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. 

Planning to visit 3 or more times this year? Buy a membership - it will pay for itself in just three visits! You can also apply the cost of your visit toward a membership on the day you visit.

We accept cash, checks, AMEX, MC & VISA. An ATM is available in the Entry Pavilion. Please note: unless explicitly stated, Museum admission is not included with tickets purchased for programs, performances or events.

Group Visits: Learn more about rates for school, day care and community groups.

Entrances to all exhibition halls are wheelchair accessible.


Tuesday - Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, except when noted.

The Museum is closed on Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and for two weeks in September for maintenance (September 10 - September 24, 2012).

Free Days

Please join us for free on the first Wednesday of each month for a full day of creative and fun experiences for all.

Fiscal Year 2013: October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 5, August 7

Did you know: In fiscal year 2012 we welcomed 17,967 visitors to our Free First Wednesdays.

Learn more about how we strive to provide creative play for all children through our Celebrating Community program, offering subsidized admission and special programs to over 45,000 visitors annually.

Group Visits

Please note: Due to capacity issues, group visits are not available on Free First Wednesdays.

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Please show proof of membership at the front desk upon entry.

  • $1 off per visitor, up to 5 people: Automobile Association of America (AAA); California Alumni Association (CAA); KQED; UCSF
  • Association of Children's Museums (ACM) Discounted admission to members of other children's museums may be available depending on your membership level - check your membership card for the ACM sticker. Locally, reciprocal members of Habitot and Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose receive passes from their home museum good for two free visits, then $5 admission per person.
  • Join our email list and get a coupon for $1 off your visit, up to 5 people.
  • We are a Blue Star Museum - we offer free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the rest of the year, military families receive one adult and one child admission free for each military ID.

Request a Donation

The Museum fulfills hundreds of donation requests from school and community organizations each year. We will provide two passes good for five admissions each (total value: $110) to not-for-profit organizations for fundraising events that are not religious or political in nature.

Request a donation

Please note: we are unable to donate other offerings, such as memberships or camps.

As we are a not-for-profit, we do not receive any tax-deduction for our donation to your organization, so we do not require a receipt. Please feel free to save the postage and printing.

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