The San Luis Obispo Children's Museum inspires learning through play within a rich environment of interactive exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Since opening in 1990, the Museum has been committed to offering experiences that both invoke curiosity and imagination about the world and promote active exploration, investigation and creation. Learning becomes fun because it is motivated from within and shared with others. The Museum is currently geared for children under 12 years old. About the exhibits: First Floor - The Caves of Exploration You will be transported down hundreds of feet deep into the Earth (through your imagination) via a pretend elevator to a series of underground volcanic caves. Once elevator doors open, you can explore a variety of hands-on experiences in the arts and sciences. Become a paleontologist at a Saber Tooth Cat Dig Site and uncover bones that can be reassembled into the skeleton of a big cat. Become a geologist as you walk into a volcanic lava tube to explore an illuminated wall chock full of Earth crystals and check out the Magic Portal, a cool communication device. At the Claymation Volcano, become a filmmaker and create your own 10-second long movie of an erupting volcano using clay. Second floor - Zoomtown, Farmers Market, Clocktower, Bubblegum Alley The original museum reborn, the familiar is new again! Guests venturing to the second floor of the San Luis Obispo Childrens Museum will discover the town of Zoomtown. Zoomtown updates some of the most beloved elements of the former Museum and is an environment where children will find multiple opportunities to experience a variety of grown-up roles in over 1500 square feet of exhibit space. Third floor - Early Childhood Learning Center, Meeting Space Finally, their own space to marvel and explore! A separate and quiet respite awaits the smallest visitors to the San Luis Obispo Childrens Museum. The Early Childhood Learning Center is situated separately on the third floor and features a themed train depot setting with a full-sized and explorable Brio Train. Wonder awaits toddlers at several view ports that allow them to look down through the town and into the volcano below. Over 600 square feet of age-specific content including a soft play area, a messy-play table and a reading corner round out the early childhood space.
Hours of Operation and Special Fees
Admission is $8.00 per person (adults and children) except children under 2 are free. Admission includes access to the Museum for the entire day of purchase, including the ability to leave and return. The Museum also offers several annual membership options and a 10 visit-punch card as well as discounts for groups with advance reservations.
The Museum also features a gift shop which is open to the public free of admission.
Our hours change seasonally please check our website for details.