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 three floors and an outdoor classroom.
Reservations are required for both members and non-members and will be scheduled in two-hour time slots. Reserve your tickets online here!
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.
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.
Admission is $8.00 per person for anyone ages 2 and older. Anyone under age 1 and younger will receive free admission. Temporarily, advanced reservations are required. Reservations are required for both members and non-members and will be scheduled in two-hour time slots. Reserve your tickets online here! Purchase an expERIEnce Children’s Museum membership here!
Temporarily, advanced reservations are required. You may receive discounted admission for up to four people: $2 per person. Please reserve your tickets online here! You will be asked to present your photo ID with your EBT card when checking in.
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. With our current ticketing system, reciprocal tickets are not able to be purchased online. Please call the museum at 814-453-3743 to purchase.
Sensory Friendly backpacks are made possible through a sponsorship by UPMC Health Plan.