Des Moines Children’s Museum

Covid-19 Update:

Des Moines Children’s Museum is now open to the public.  We have added new exhibit items, spread exhibits further apart to allow space for social distancing, added hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, and increased our cleaning and sanitizing.  Masks are required for ages 5 and up, and recommended but not required for ages 2-4.  Exceptions to the mask requirement can be made for individuals who are unable to wear one. 

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

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