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: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 - 5 pm
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. The museum will be closed Monday, September 7 - Friday, September 18 for annual cleaning and maintenance.
Administrative Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Admission Prices (as of 9/17/11)
$9 – adults & children over 1 year of age
$8 – seniors age 65+
No charge for museum members and children under age 1.
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. CMNH 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 4/1/3013: Families with a current ACM Membership from another organization receive a 50% discount off up to 6 regular price admissions ($9 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 $9.00 each at our front desk or by calling 603-742-2002.
Admission Discounts: The museum's
Reach All Initiative
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 museum
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 Museum. Backpacks and an infant front carrier are available at the front desk for parents to use on a complimentary first-come, first-served basis.
Please visit our Driving Directions page for full information. 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 at no charge in the Henry Law Park Facilities lot just past Rotary Arts Amphitheatre & Dover Public Pool on the left coming down Henry Law Avenue. There is also weekday pay-for-use parking (up to 4 hrs) now on Henry Law Avenue, as well on Washington Street, Central Avenue, and other downtown streets -- weekend parking is FREE. Weekend overflow parking is available on River Street (first left past the museum off Henry Law Avenue), behind the Washington Mills complex.
The Museum 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 Museum. 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. 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