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
Monday - Saturday 9am - 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
*$11 – 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.
Your paid admission is good for the entire day.
Admission Passes*: Passes can be purchased for gift-giving at $11 each online or in person at the museum. Passes will be emailed to the purchaser in the form of e-tickets. These passes do not expire. Purchase Admission Passes here.
Bulk Admission Pass Discount: Receive a 25% discount when you purchase 50 passes or more.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking to bring a group to visit the museum, admission passes will not be accepted for groups of 10 or more. To schedule a group visit, look at your options here, and we will help you set up a visit.
Our Membership level that offers reciprocity programs to other area children's, science and technology museums is called the Passport Membership.
Families with a current ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) Membership from another organization, can visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and get four family members whose names are listed on the ASTC membership card admitted at no cost. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has ASTC reciprocal agreements with all local members of the program within 90 miles except for the Boston Children's Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Families with a current ACM (Association of Children's Museums) Membership from another organization can visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshire and receive a 50% discount off up to 6 regular price admissions ($11 per person). This may not be combined with any other offers.
Discounted rates are available for groups of 12 or more that pre-register for a visit.
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 HERE >>
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 HERE >>
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 city metered parking spots on an adjacent street: 10 Henry Law Avenue, Dover NH 03820.
The Museum does not have a designated parking lot. All parking for the Museum is through the town of Dover. Here are your parking options:
METERED PARKING WITH PROGRESSIVE PRICING
Available Mondays through Saturdays, 9am-8pm at $1/hour for the first two hours, increasing to $2 per hour for the third and fourth hours. After four hours, rates increase to $3 per hour. There are ample metered parking spots along Henry Law Park (Use 10 Henry Law Ave for GPS), along Washington Street (Use 6 Washington Street for GPS), or along Central Avenue and other downtown streets. Parking on weekdays after 8pm and Sundays are free.
ORCHARD STREET PUBLIC PARKING GARAGE
45 Orchard Street, Dover
This lot is a short 4 minute walk to the Children's Museum of NH. These metered spots inside the parking garage are available Mondays through Fridays, 9am-7pm for $1 per hour, and free on the weekends.
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 are 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.
Don't want to deal with feeding the meter while you're having fun in the museum? Check out the EasyPark System. MORE INFO HERE >>
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, many of which offer discounts to our Passport Members. 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