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Plan Your Visit

Bring your kids to the Children’s Museum and they won’t want to leave!

The Museum lets the kids travel the world, while enriching their lives and broadening their experience by exploring other cultures through exhibitions, costumes, hands-on props, and artifacts, including an extraordinary assortment of toys and games.

They can clamber aboard a lavishly decorated Pakistani bus and a three-wheeled auto rickshaw from Thailand. Or step inside a Bedouin tent and homes from India, Indonesia and Mexico. The Museum’s diversity and richness engage children of all ages, allowing them to explore and learn through play at their own pace.

It’s a fun, memorable first step in a child’s understanding of the arts, culture and history.

The Canadian Children’s Museum is located inside the Canadian Museum of History. Admission Fees to the Canadian Museum of History include access to the Children’s Museum, special exhibitions and to all the Museum’s galleries.

Focus on fun at the Children’s Museum

Focus on fun at the Children’s Museum: What am I? These images feature your favorite objects at the Children’s Museum. Can you identify them? Click on the image to reveal the answer.

What am I?

Children’s Museum Image Gallery

Visitor Information

Food and Drink

Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited in all exhibition areas. To learn about options for meals or snacks, please click here for more information.

Infants

A nursing station and diaper change are available in the Canadian Children’s Museum.

Museum Membership

If you are a frequent visitor to the Museum, you can benefit from an annual membership.

Parking Suggestion

Our underground parking has a limited capacity. Keep in mind that peak hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the busiest days are Thursdays to Sundays inclusive.

Strollers

Visitors will find that children prefer to wander freely throughout the Museum. To avoid traffic congestion, we urge you to check strollers at the Coat Check. All unattended strollers will be placed in the Museum stroller park at the Embassy.

Washrooms

Washrooms in the Canadian Children’s Museum have child-sized facilities. Facilities for people with a disability are located next to the boys’ and girls’ washrooms. Washrooms with standard-sized facilities are located near the Canadian Children’s Museum entrance.

Safety

Review a “lost child strategy” with your children. Remind them that staff are there to help if members of your group become separated.

Getting the Most from Your Visit

Play is an important part of learning; it is an essential ingredient in all our activities. As parents, you are encouraged to use play as another means of communicating with your child(ren).

Here are some suggestions to help you and your family get the most from your visit.

  • Ask your child(ren) to lead you through the exhibits. What is she/he looking at? Enjoying?
  • Talk! Museums are social places. Share ideas and questions with each other. “When I was a child…”
  • Imagine with your child. “What would it be like if…”
  • Help your child connect experiences with something in their life. “Remember the bus ride we took downtown?” “Where do we shop for our food?”

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