Children's Museum of New Hampshire
(formerly Children's Museum of Portsmouth)
6 Washington Street
Dover NH 03820
Phone: (603) 742-2002
Fax: (603) 834-6275
Current Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12-5pm
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire is closed Mondays during school year except for school vacation weeks and selected holidays. Open 7 days a week during the summer. Click on our calendar for most current schedule.
Administrative Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9am–5pm
PLEASE NOTE: The Museum exhibits are NOT open on Saturday, August 26th during the Dover Mini Maker Faire. The Maker Faire takes place inside the museum as well as throughout the Park and across the river at One Washington. If you pay admission into the Faire, your family cannot then go enjoy the exhibits inside the museum because those exhibit spaces will be occupied by the participating Makers.
Admission Prices** (as of 1/2/2016)
$10 – adults & children over 1 year of age
$9 – seniors age 65+
No charge for Children's Museum of New Hampshire members and children under age 1.
Learn more about admission discounts here.
Families with a current ASTC Membership from another organization: Up to four family members whose names are listed on the ASTC membership card will be admitted at no cost. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has ASTC reciprocal agreements with all local members of the program with 90 miles except for the Boston Children's Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History.
As of 4/1/2013: Families with a current ACM Membership from another organization receive a 50% discount off up to 6 regular price admissions ($10 per person), may not be combined with any other offers.
Your paid admission is good for the entire day.
Group Discounts: Discounted rates are available for
groups of 12 or more that pre-register for a visit.
Admission Passes can be purchased for gift-giving at $10 each at our front desk or by calling 603-742-2002.
Admission Discounts: The museum's
Reach All Initiative and Military Appreciation Programs helps develop financial resources that support visits by families in
challenging circumstances. Every year, the Children's Museum of New
Hampshire welcomes over 93,000 visitors, 28% of whom come through our
doors for free or reduced admission. Ensuring accessibility to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire experiences for all is a central part of our mission, and we believe
that to serve as a critical resource for families, we must meet the
needs in our community.
More info at Museum Access for All.
Special Needs Friendly
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire believes an accessible and inclusive museum must address each visitor's experience, making the Museum's facilities, offices, exhibits, services, programs and staff welcoming to all. More info: please visit our Accessibility & Inclusion page.
For everyone's safety, the use of strollers is not permitted inside the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. Backpacks and an infant front carrier are available at the front desk for parents to use on a complimentary first-come, first-served basis.
See the map below. If you are using a GPS, please program in the following address that will take you directly to our parking area on an adjacent street: 10 Henry Law Avenue, Dover NH 03820.
Visitors may park in the metered spots (no time limit) in Henry Law Park Facilities lot just past the Rotary Arts Amphitheatre & Dover Public Park on the left coming down Henry Law Avenue; in spots along Henry Law Avenue (also no time limit); as well as on Washington Street, Central Avenue, and other downtown streets. Weekdays after 7pm and weekend parking is FREE. Check out this great blog with tips about parking and driving around downtown Dover!
As an amenity to our guests we sell the city of Dover's pre-packaged bags of 26 parking tokens for $5 at no mark-up. They will be for sale at the front desk during normal business hours as available. That will give you about a 30% savings off the current rate. You can also purchase these tokens at Harvey's Bakery and the Dover Chamber of Commerce.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has a vending machine offering a variety of healthy snack options, as well as a Blue Bunny ice cream freezer. Visitors may also bring their own food from home and eat in our 1950's-style snack area. Food, drinks and gum are not allowed in other areas of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. On busy, wet days, the Museum opens up a classroom for eating in. In good weather, families are welcome to picnic outside in Henry Law Park – just stop and get a hand-stamp at the front desk for return admission to the museum. In addition, there are many family-friendly restaurants nearby. A binder of menus is available at the front desk.
For health code reasons, all visitors must wear some type of footwear inside the museum. Socks and bare feet are not allowed.
More To Do in Dover
There is plenty to explore just outside the doors of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire. Dover is a vibrant, historic city with dozens of great restaurants, unique shops, public parks, historic sites and more. Check out the following web resources to help you plan a whole day or weekend in Dover when your family visits our museum:
Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce
Dover Main Street
Woodman Institute Museum