Exterior of Current Museum at 106 11th Ave in Olympia - across from the Capitol Building.
Long lines often form for Museum entry and special event participation.
Our special events like Noon Years Eve are always very popular. A larger facility will allow expansion of these fun events.
Kids gather around the Water Table to investigate water channels and currents.
The Hands On Children's Museum and its programs and events serve more than 150,000 visitors each year. This is well above the national average and exceeds national recommendations for the size of our space. In fact, popular special events and programs are often filled to capacity and have a waitlist. The Museum has outgrown its space three times in the past 10 years!
Hands On currently attracts over 150,000 visitors to the Museum and its Sand in the City event each year. This number is expected to swell to 200,000 during the first year in the Museum’s new home on East Bay. With more activities to enjoy, tourists will travel farther and stay longer – stimulating economic activity in downtown, the community and the region. This tourism will generate millions of dollars in spending and create dozens of new jobs.