• Museum Hours:

    Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am-2:30pm. Last admission at 2pm.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays: The Discovery Room is closed at 11:30am for classes. Outside play area is closed 1:30pm for classes.
    Wednesdays: The Discovery Room is closed until 11:30am for classes.

    Sunday-Monday: Closed

    Updated COVID-19 protocols:

    Please note that masks are still required for all Museum visitors ages 2 and up. Online ticketing is no longer required, but is still available for your convenience. Click here to purchases your tickets>

About Us

Engage, Encourage, and Challenge!

The Niantic Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them.

With 5,000 square feet – all on one floor – and outdoor playspace, nearly all is wheelchair accessible. We engage, encourage, and challenge children from 9 months to 9 years in the arts, sciences, and world cultures.

Explore the Discovery Room featuring Kelsey’s Vision and science-based activities. Visit the Imaginative Play side where you can pilot a fishing boat, take on the role of architect with our giant foam blocks, or visit the global village and celebrate a variety of cultures. Don’t miss Toddler Land which welcomes our youngest visitors. Our outdoor area delights youngsters with a real tree house, whale drum, climbing wall, kid-sized zipline, and performing stage!

See our Exhibits page! Exhibits include Imagination Sparkers for adults looking for a bit more information to spark the children’s imagination. Many include classic children’s books to read to their child.

Older children will enjoy the “Museum Challenges” – like a scavenger hunt to explore within the museum. Adults and children can both explore a more indepth study with kits available for the Creation Station! Come ready to play…and learn along the way!


Our Mission

The mission of the Niantic Children's Museum is to encourage learning and spark imagination by engaging children and all families through creative and hands-on play in a safe and accessible community environment.

(Revised 8/08)

Our History

A group of volunteers from the East Lyme area created the Niantic Children’s Museum (then called the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut) in 1992. The Museum was formed to provide interactive, creative learning experiences for young children and their families who either visit or live in one of the area’s towns and communities. Now in our 28th year, the Museum’s mission remains true, while exhibits and programming have gone through several recent renovations and re-designs to address the changing needs of today’s families and children.

Become a Member!

Buy a membership for your family, or give as a GIFT that keeps giving all year long. With special discounts at the Museum Shop, free guest passes, discounts on parties, and more, you’ll have a full year of fun and excitement!

Holly's Message

Read a special message from our Executive Director, Holly Cheeseman.

News & Updates

Get regular news and updates by visiting our blog and see what the Children’s Museum has in store!

Rave Reviews

Great distraction for small children. There’s not enough for older kids, but for 5-and under it’s a very nicely kept little museum with some neat hands-on exhibits and puzzles. We loved the beehive! For the long drive with the under 5 set from NY to Cape Cod, this is a perfect spot to stop for a couple hours. Nice ice cream afterwards up the street.

— Walter S.

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