The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is located within the heart of the Erie downtown cultural and entertainment district and only a 5 minute walk away from the Lake Erie Bayfront. The museum is located within an historic building that was built in 1906 and that once operated as a stable livery. Large sliding doors and remnants of mechanical gears are still in place from the building’s past. The Children’s Museum opened its doors to the public over 20 years ago and has now expanded to include exhibits on all three floors.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm. The museum is closed on Mondays unless noted otherwise on the calendar. Please note: The museum will be closing at 1 pm on Saturday, August 4,2018 to prepare for the annual Street Soiree Fundraiser.
The museum will be closed on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4th), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will close at 1pm on Saturday August 4, 2018.
Directions and Parking:
From I-90, take exit I-79 North. Travel North and follow signs to the Bayfront Highway. Travel the Bayfront Highway and turn right onto State Street. Turn left on East 4th Street. Turn right onto French Street. The Children’s Museum will be on the right side.
Metered parking is available on 4th Street, 5th Street, State Street and French Street. Meters take quarters or download the meterEZ mobile parking app. There is a parking ramp available on 2nd Street between State St. and French St. and located next to the Hospital.
On the weekends, Erie Insurance graciously allows us to use their parking lot directly across the street from the Museum.
Food and Drink:
A small family snack area, which seats up to 12 guests inside the museum is available for you to enjoy a lunch or snack you bring. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase from vending machines located in the snack room.Visitors are also welcome to enjoy a lunch or snack in the Outdoor Classroom.
Admission is $7.50 per person for anyone ages 2 and older. Anyone under age 2 will receive free admission. expERIEnce Children’s Museum memberships are also available.
We offer a $1.50 off discount to senior citizens ages 62 and older.
Active or retired military who show ID receive $1.50 off admission for up to 5 family members attending with them.
Educational groups including schools, churches, summer camps, etc. receive discounted admission of $5 per person. 1 chaperone is admitted free per 5 children. Please call the museum’s education department at 814-453-3743 to learn about field trip registration, programming and more.
To receive Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Reciprocal Network benefits, you must present a current Membership Card from an ACM reciprocal institution with the ACM Reciprocal Network logo on the card and a valid photo ID. ACM reciprocity will grant 50% discount on admission fees for up to 6 people that are listed on your institution’s membership. Please visit the ACM website for a complete listing of participating museums.
Sensory Friendly Play:
Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan
April is Autism Awareness Month! We will be open early every Saturday in April from 9:00-10:00am for sensory friendly playtime.
Sensory Friendly Mornings are held the first Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:00am. Sensory Friendly Mornings are exclusive events for children diagnosed with sensory processing disorders to have a fun and enjoyable learning experience in a comfortable environment.
FREE ADMISSION for 1 Child and a caregiver.
Additional guests welcome. Admission rate of $7.50 for ages 2 and older. Children 1 and younger are free. Members are free.
2018 Sensory Friendly Mornings:
April 7, 14, 21, 28