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Experience Children’s Museum

Plan A Visit

Please select a date and arrival time for your visit. All visitors, including members, require a ticket.

OPEN THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY
Sunday1 pm – 5 pm
Monday10 am – 5 pm
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday10 am – 5 pm
Thursday10 am – 5 pm
Friday10 am – 5 pm
Saturday10 am – 5 pm
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Visit Us!

The new Children’s Museum is a common ground where children and families from different economic, social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds gather under one roof to create, explore, imagine, and play with one another.

Our entrance is on the corner of 5th and French Street.

Click Here to Read Full Code of Conduct and Property Rules

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2024 Closed Days

Early Closure: March 22

Closed for Holidays: Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

Closed for Special Dates: April 8, August 3, September 9 – 13

LOCATION

420 French St, Erie, PA 16507

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MembershipFree Entry
Child (Age 1 – 17)$10.00
Adult (Age 18 & Older)$10.00
Senior (Age 62 & Older)$8.00
Military (with ID)
*Valid for 6 guests
$8.00
AAA (with ID)$8.00*
Museums for All
*Valid for 8 guests
$2.00

Military Admission sponsored by:

Museums for All Admission is valid for those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) with ID. Reduced admission valid for up to 8 people, including cardholder. Accepted cards:

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Museums for All

Access Program for Low-Income Families.
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Military Admission

Discounted admission for military personnel.
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Code of Conduct

We ask our visitors to agree to the following code of conduct:

  • Be kind – Share the space by being respectful and courteous to others around you. Please do not touch or verbally reprimand a child from another family.
    Watch your children – Provide adult supervision to your children at all times during your visit.
  • Treat things well – Use equipment and exhibits safely and appropriately so that all museum guests can enjoy them.
  • Assume good intentions – Model positive behaviors and understand that sometimes another child’s play may unintentionally interfere with your child’s play.
  • We are here to help! – Contact ECM staff immediately with any questions, needs, or concerns.

All guests must comply with safety policies and staff instructions. We expect guests to respect ECM staff and other visitors. The expERIEnce Children’s Museum will not tolerate inappropriate behavior or abusive, demeaning, foul, or harassing language. Failure to comply with these policies may result in immediate removal from property and/or revocation of membership without refund.

Click Here to Read Full Code of Conduct and Property Rules

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Parking and Directions

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expERIEnce Children’s Museum
420 French Street, Erie, PA 16507

 

Parking

  • Erie Insurance graciously allows us to use their free parking lot directly across from the museum on French Street.
  • Metered Street parking is available on the North end of French Street, 4th  Street, State Street, around Perry Square along North and South Park Row, and Peach Street.
  • Metered lot parking is accessible on the corner of 3rd and French Street.
  • Metered parking can be paid using quarters or via the MeterEZ mobile parking app.
  • Garage parking is available on East 3rd St. You can find all parking garages and their rate through the Erie Parking Authority.

Questions?

Please call the museum at 814-453-3743 or email info@eriechildrensmuseum.org.

The programs and exhibits at the expERIEnce Children’s Museum are designed for families with children ages 10 and under.

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We encourage guests, including members, to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are valid for your selected day.

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Yes. All guests aged 1 and older will pay admission. Visit our Hours & Admission. Little ones, under 1, and members receive free general admission.

Members and paying guests are encouraged to reserve their tickets online. To purchase your tickets, visit our Tickets page.

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Childless adults are welcome to visit the Museum with a prior appointment.  Please contact Kristina at kristina@eriechildrensmuseum.org or Julie at julie@eriechildrensmuseum.org or by phone at 814-453-3743.

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The Experience Children’s Museum is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all visitors, including adults with disabilities. To ensure the safety and comfort of our visitors with disabilities, we require that they are accompanied by a caregiver who is responsible for supervising them throughout their visit to the museum.

Find our full policy here

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No, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum requires that children be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the museum. Programming and exhibits encourages adult-child interaction

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Yes, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum is wheelchair accessible.

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As an institution that values children and mothers, you are welcome to nurse wherever you feel comfortable. Quiet Coves will be available, coming Summer 2024.

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Yes – Museum guests must speak with the front desk and be stamped to re-enter the museum after leaving.

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Yes, there is limited seating on the 2nd floor of the Museum at the tables next to Erie Eats. Food is not available for purchase at the Museum. Please visit one of our neighborhood vendors before or after your visit.

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Current Museum

Explore our brand new exhibits!

See what’s in store for your next visit! Find what’s on all three floors, from Lake Life to My Erie.

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Museum Rental

Book your after-hour expERIEnce today!

Book your birthday party  today!

Only after-hour rentals are available in Phase I of the new museum. Rent an evening for a birthday, team building exercise, or simply time at the museum without anyone else!

Birthday party classrooms, and alternative birthday party options, will be available in Phase II of the museum in 2024.

Birthday Party

Groups and Field Trips

Bring the whole class in for hands-on experiences!

Engage with your entire group, in line with PA Educational Standards! Groups and Field Trips are encouraged to visit on Tuesdays when we are closed to the public.

Classrooms will be available in Phase II of the museum in 2024.

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