Exploring the Childrens Museum in West Hartford

If an exciting, education experience is what you are looking for, The Children’s Museum delivers. Offering interactive experiences, this museum truly “ignites curiosity through science and nature.” Founded in 1927, the name change in 2006 did not alter the educational fun and exploration opportunities the museum offers.

This multi-level museum gets your imagination flowing before you even walk in the door. Conny the life-size sperm whale greets you at the front door. As you walk through Conny, you will hear whale sounds. During the summer months, you may even be greeted by a spray of water shooting out of Conny’s blow hole.

As you enter the museum, it is best to start at Kid’s Corner. Children of all ages find this to be an exciting initiation to the museum experience. Filled with interactive exhibits, you can explore light and sound. You will also discover touch and bubble science.

Moving on through the lobby, you will see The Children’s Museum’s 45-foot Pendulum Staircase. Descending the staircase; be on the lookout for the astronomy photographs.

Toddlers enjoy exploring the Critter Crossing on the upper level. Critter Crossing offers smaller children a safe place to explore science and nature in a nature-themed environment.

The newest addition to exhibits at The Children’s Museum is the Excavation Station. There are plenty of hands-on exhibits giving you the opportunity to let your inner geologist or archaeologist run free. There are three digging pits, where you can locate plant and animal remains from the past. If that does not interest you, check out the mining sluice. A replication of the pioneers’ process for mining commercial ore, you can give mining a try. Life-size models of dinosaurs can be found in this exhibit along with the Gator Gallery. Check out a real alligator.

If you prefer checking out animals, United Technologies Wildlife Sanctuary can be found on the upper level. With over 80 live species from all over the world, animal lovers enjoy this section of The Children’s Museum. The mezzanine level is home to turtle town that displays a variety of turtles, including painted turtles.

Science lovers enjoy the Travelers Science Dome. This digital planetarium features both live shows and pre-recorded shows. Shows may change, but it’s a great way to learn about stars, moons, and planets. The lobby lets you see what it would be like to live and work on an international space station. Any budding astronomer would benefit from catching a show at the Travelers Science Dome.

The Idea Zone offers many crowd-pleasing activities. It’s a great way to wind down your visit to The Children’s Museum while keeping your mind racing with possibilities. There are plenty of activities available, including racing gravity-powered cars. Budding weather forecasters can practice forecasting weather advisories.

Your children will have so much fun; they won’t realize they are learning. A family membership starting at $90.00 may suit your needs if your children keep asking to go back. Without a membership, entrance to the museum and one planetarium show is $11.00 for ages 2 through 62, which a $1.00 discount given to those over the age of 62.

The Children’s Museum is located at 950 Trout Brook Dr in West Hartford, CT. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am until 4:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am until 4:00pm during the summer months. During the fall months, the museum is closed on Mondays.