Visit FAQs

When can I visit?

Today’s Hours CLOSED
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
* We are closed most Mondays, but we are open on some holidays and off-school days. Be sure to check our website for open Mondays!



1.  Adults must be 18 years of age or older.
2.  Maximum of two adults can be listed on the membership card.
3.  An adult named on the card must be present when children covered by the card visit the Museum.
4.  During each visit there must be a minimum of 1 adult, 18 years of age or older, for every 6 children.
5.  Photo ID may be required at check in.
6.  Memberships are non-transferable, non-refundable.
7.  Not valid for field trips or group visit discounts.

May I visit the Museum Store without paying admission?

Yes; the Museum Store is accessible for shopping without paid admission to the exhibit areas.

* The Museum Store does not accept EBT cards.


Where can I park?

Free 90-minute street parking surrounds the Museum. We also have pay parking lots adjacent to the Museum and on Colby Avenue.

Parking fees are:
0-3 hours: $3.00
3-10 hours/all day: $8.00
After 6:00 p.m.: $3.00


Is the Museum handicap accessible?

The Museum is equipped with elevators and many of our exhibit areas are wheelchair accessible. Handicap parking is available.


What is the age range you serve?

Exhibits are designed for children chronological ages 1-12. The Seashore exhibit is designed specifically for toddlers up to three years.


May I drop off my child?

No; all children are required to be accompanied by an adult (18+) at all times while inside the Museum. There must be one adult present for every six children.


When is the best time to avoid crowds?

Members are invited to take advantage of Member Hours on Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Generally, late weekday afternoons tend to be least crowded, but this may not be the case during holiday breaks and other days when area schools are closed.


Is food available for purchase? May I bring my own food and drink?

The Commons Area on the lower level of the Museum is a comfortable space with tables and chairs to enjoy your own snacks. You may also purchase snacks and/or drinks from vending machines here. Many family-friendly sit-down or fast-food restaurants are nearby and easy to access by car or on foot. Please note that birthday parties (balloons, decorations, gifts, etc.) are not allowed in the Commons Area.


May I bring a stroller inside?

For the safety of our guests, strollers are not permitted on the Museum floor. Please leave your stroller in your vehicle. A limited amount of infant carriers and back packs are available for use at the front desk, or you may bring your own.


May I visit without a child?

For the safety of our young guests, adults are not permitted entry without a child. We are happy to provide tours or answer questions you may have about a future visit or rentals. Please contact Visitor Services at 425/258-1006, Ext. 1000 to prearrange your visit.