Primary Place

Sensory-rich learning environment for ages 3 and under

Primary Place: An Early Learning Landscape

Perched on the museum's mezzanine level, Primary Place has been designed specifically for the museum's youngest visitors, from birth through age 3. Its colorful, comfortable setting provides a stimulating and safe environment for play and learning.

Babies and toddlers will love exploring the Baby Butterfly Garden with its whimsical wall mural, soft sculpture elements, and early learning activities. There is a Parent Resource Center within this area, as well as a cozy nursing nook.

The Pond area simulates the colors and textures of a real pond. Children will discover stepping stones, animal puppets, and other surprises among the reeds and grasses along its edge. This landscape encourages imaginative play and helps develop fine and gross motor skills.

To take creative play to a new level, the museum has created Out Of The Box, a place where kids can transform a box into whatever they like using a variety of props provided.

The ever-popular Train Table area allows children access the elaborate Brio train village from all sides; they can even crawl under to play from the middle. The table is multi-tiered to simulate mountains and valleys and surrounded by a custom-painted New Hampshire landscape mural.

Primary Place is supported by the exhibit's Sustaining Sponsor:

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An Important Note

Why is there and age limit for this exhibit?

We believe it is very important for our youngest visitors and their families to have a separate, enclosed and secure place in the museum, away from the "hustle and bustle" of "big" kids. This area was designed with their learning needs and physical size in mind.

If your child is interested in this exhibit, you are welcome to come in and explore together. Please be sensitive to the needs and safety of our youngest visitors.

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