Closed on Mondays Sept-May
Closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Such a cute Children's Museum that has been around for many years. Parking can be tricky as it is downtown and most of the parking is either on the street or designated for specific businesses.
Many cute areas like a bank where patrons can use the phones, computers, and even the drive thru machine. Exhibits like simple machines, bubble stations, a coal chute (its a slide that the kids use to get to the lower level!), and water tables make it a fun, educational day.
If you have a membership at another museum, be sure to check and see if they are a reciprocal museum as this will save you the price of admission!
We've been to the Hands On Museum several times and my kids always have a great time. I like that they make science fun. There are exhibits for several age groups. My kids esp liked the mini store where they were able to shop and they play cashier. They also have a room where kids can pretend to be weather forecasters and see themselves on a tv monitor. Only negative is that smaller kids can easily get separated from parents if you're not careful because of the way the museum is laid out.
I grew up visiting Hands On with my grandmother. I was really excited to take my little one. It is a blast. There's lots of room to run around. There's so much to see that it takes a very long time to get bored. You can easily spend hours. We get stuck right away at the boat station. Highly recommend this place!
This is not a huge museum. But they have a lot packed into a small space! Spend the afternoon and your kids will have plenty to do! It is really geared toward younger kids - but elementary kids will have a blast too. Plus, it's a great place to have a birthday party!
I love that this museum stands true to it's name - it really is hands on. This two level museum has a little something for everyone in the family. Our toddler loved the indoor playground and Cessna that he could fly. Just a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. One tip- make sure you go on a non-field trip day if possible as it gets really crowded very quickly when schools are visiting.
This is a full hands on museum that has so much stuff! They have several exibits like a full size airplane that helps explain how an airplane flies,a room where you can see and touch fish, an iguana, snakes, and tree frogs,a grocery store,a life size operation game, a music room,a bubble room,an art room,water play dam,tiny town and kids credit union,and a jungle gym thing theres even more than that! Its a great fun place to go and thankfully its not that far from my home!!!
Please touch. You’re not told to do that in too many museums, but it’s encouraged here.
Unlike most touchy-feely museums, this one is not totally dedicated to the sciences, nor is
it only for kids. I think I had more fun here than did all the other kids combined.
Simply put, this is an interactive museum of the arts, humanities, and science all in a
fun and colorful environment. It’s a place that stimulates discovery, thought, and understanding.
Visitors can make a project with recycled materials to take with them when they
leave, or they can take apart the life-size models of the human body and put them back
together to see how everything fits.
In the Kid’s Bank, the little ones can withdraw Hands On! money from an account or
do their banking at an automated teller machine. Or the entire family can climb aboard
the Ark and meet animals from around the world, visit the Kindermart to buy groceries, or
take an imaginary flight in a real Cessna airplane. In all, there are more than two hours’
worth of activities to educate and entertain the entire family.
In addition to its own displays, traveling exhibits are presented here throughout the
year and special seasonal events are held, all in the name of fun and education.