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.  In order to provide the safest environment possible for all guests and employees masks are required for all guests ages 5 and up.  If a child is unable to wear a mask we can make an exception to the mask requirement, adults may wear a face shield if they are unable to wear a mask.  Masks and face shields are available at the front desk for any guests who did not bring their own.

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 our last Admission 30 minutes before closing. Thank you!