Des Moines Children’s Museum

Mask Policy Update:

Thank you for your patience as we took time to consider new CDC recommendations.  We know there are strong feelings on both sides about continued mask wearing as vaccination levels increase and cases decrease.  In an effort to accommodate both individuals who are at low risk of serious illness and ready for a lower level of precaution, and individuals who are higher risk or simply more cautious, we will be offering separate hours when masks are required for all visitors ages 3 and up, no exceptions, and hours when masks will be recommended for unvaccinated individuals but not required.  Effective June 1st, masks are required for all visitors 3 and up on Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the museum.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday per CDC guidelines masks are recommended for individuals who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine.  We hope to cause minimal confusion with the new requirements, so we intend to keep this schedule through the month of June, and will consider adjusting the schedule in July.  On days with a mask requirement all staff members will wear a mask.  On other days fully vaccinated staff members will have the option to remove their masks. Until June 1st, masks are required for all visitors ages 5 and up.

Reserve a Spot during our first hour open!

Since we have been reaching capacity in the mornings, and have had to asks visitors to wait until other families leave, we are now offering the opportunity to Reserve a Spot for your family during the first hour that the museum is open each day.   For additional information and to Reserve a Spot click HERE

Find us on the lower level of Valley West Mall, near the play area.


Ages 1-10: $6 

Under 1 or over 10: Donations appreciated but not required   

Museums for All Admission: $2.00 (present your EBT or WIC card for reduced admission)

Punch Cards: $25 for 5 visits 

Membership: $125 for unlimited visits for up to 6 members of the same household, and 50% off admission to museum participating in the Association of Children’s Museums reciprocal network.


Monday         9:30 – 2:30*
Tuesday         9:30 – 2:30
Wednesday   9:30 – 6:30
Thursday       9:30 – 2:30
Friday             9:30 – 2:30*
Saturday       10:00 – 5:00*
Sunday           Closed for Private Events

*Effective June 1st, masks required for all visitors ages 3 and up. Until June 1st, masks are required for all visitors ages 5 and up.

We accept our last Admission 30 minutes before closing. Thank you!