The Chicago Children's Museum is located at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1982 by The Junior League of Chicago who were responding to programming cutbacks in the Chicago Public Schools. Originally housed in two hallways of the Chicago Public Library, it soon began to offer trunk shows and traveling exhibits in response to capacity crowds on-site.
The museum moved a number of times over its initial years of existence while it continued to search for a permanent home. In 1995, the Museum thought it found that home when it reopened as an anchor tenant at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. The new facility offered 57,000 square feet (5,300 m2) of exhibition space and included three floors of educational exhibits, public programs and special events. Upon the move to the Pier, the expansion made it the fourth largest children's museum in the United States. The museum serves more than 650,000 people, both at its Navy Pier location and in communities in and around Chicago, each year. While the Museum has an admission charge, it currently provides free admission to children 15 and under each Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all-day on the first Sunday of each month.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
Thanh Nguyen | Feb 28, 2018
great place to spend the whole day with kids (especially for kids from 1 to 5 years old). There are a lot of things for them to do and learn. Playground and rooms are kept clean although so many people come and go everyday. They can learn and play actively by themselves without the interference of adults. If you are membership, there is an option to buy a parking fee for the whole year with $80. It is pretty nice given that the daily parking rate in Navy Pier is $28.
Aiden Alvarado | Feb 18, 2018
This place is huge! There are so many amazing activities. I love that they have some separate baby and toddlers areas. We could have spent several days here. Very clean and we'll kept. The staff were very interactive and fun. Love that it is at Navy Pier. We will be back on our next visit.
Israel Saucedo | Feb 19, 2018
The best attraction in Navy pier, in my opinion. A great place to spend the entire day with your little ones. The entire place is built for children and it does not disappoint. Visit the tinker lab, where there are daily challenges to build innovative inventions.
Agnieszka Mamelko | Jan 28, 2018
Our 22 month old daughter had a lot of fun. Of course, not all attractions are adapted for her age, but everyone will find something for their age. Prices could be more affordable, especially for adults who often sit on benches and just watch their children play. The whole trip cost about 70 $ for a family of three with parking.
Fil-Am Adventure | Dec 6, 2017
We brought our son here and he absolutely loved it. This is an excellent place to visit for an educational and fun experience. There is a dinosaur dig site, a mini town, engineering and woodworking areas where kids can actually build things, a very cool water area where kids can manipulate the flow, areas for young toddlers and crawling kids and a souvenir shop. Multiple floors of fun for kids! Outside of the museum, but withing the building are many restaurants, an imax movie theater, and of course, the rest of the Navy pier. An excellent adventure. Active military families can get up to 6 people in for free one time a year if I remember correctly.
Sara G | Mar 13, 2018
Loved this place and my son had so much fun! There is so much to do and it is very interactive for kids of all ages. We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.
Alessia Mogavero | May 29, 2018
Good for kids 7 and younger. Not much to do for kids over 7, especially if they're girls. We were disappointed. Great location on Navy Pier, but this means high parking prices. You get a small discount with validation of parking-ticket at the museum. (For children over 7, I'd do the Museum of Science and Industry instead: their Lower Level alone is so fun for the kids, and the whole museum is absolutely amazing!)
Paige D | Jul 4, 2018
I love this museum! It’s conveniently located inside of Navy Pier. It’s reasonably priced. They participate in the museum for all program too, $3 for WIC and LINK card holders. They have many exhibits. I would say that it’s geared for children from birth to age 7. If your going to navy pier stop by this place.
Lubna Said | May 5, 2018
My kids loved it here. They're begging to go back. We were lucky to go on a day where we pretty much had the place to ourselves. The 6 year old found plenty to do here and they even had a safe space for my 9 month old to play in. The staff was very friendly as well, making sure we didn't miss anything awesome. My one gripe is they have gender neutral bathrooms but no family bathrooms anymore. While I don't mind gender neutral bathrooms I do mind that they replaced all the family bathrooms. Surely more families go here then people needing a gender neutral bathroom. I'm all for including everyone but not at the expense of excluding your largest customer base. When I've got more than one kid with me it's easier by far to just wrangle them into one small bathroom then take them into the large women's rest room and disrupt everyone in there.
Brian Webb | Jul 14, 2018
Great play to play. The kids really loved it. The price of admission is the terrible part. You will pay a lot of money for your kids to have fun. And even if you have teenagers that are just with you to be with the family and not play on the exhibits you will pay.
Honey taurus | Jun 9, 2018
I love taking my family here. The children have a safe space to have fun, learn and experience nee things. They can also discover their own interests. The like children's museum has a free night every week, on Thursday I believe, so that anyone can enjoy this Chicago gem
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