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Visit Us! Online Reservations Required

No Change to Mask Requirements or Operating Procedures 
The CDC and the Governor are proposing major changes to face coverings and pandemic restrictions. These changes will affect our Museum operations in the near future. We are seeking clarification from the Health Department and the Governor's office. Once we have clarification and decide any policy changes we will notify our customers.

We have moved to timed-entry admission with no fixed end time. That means you can choose your start time and play for longer periods. Online reservations are required, but visitors can now explore the Museum from entry until closing. To ensure visitor safety, we will continue to limit the number of visitors in the Museum at any given time. Walk-ups are welcome if capacity has not been reached.​ Please call ahead 360-956-0818x0 to confirm space availability.

Read face covering requirements and important information about your visit

Timed Start Sessions have limited capacity. Should you need to cancel your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible to free up space for other families to enjoy the Museum.  

Museum Members CLICK HERE

General Admission CLICK HERE

Sensory Friendly Hour CLICK HERE

  • To use a Free Family Pass or NWAYM reciprocal benefits, or if you have difficulties making online reservations, please call our front desk at (360) 956-0818 ext. 0.
  • To redeem ACM reciprocal benefits, see registration information here.
Cancellation Policy: If your party cannot attend the reserved time, we ask that you cancel or reschedule your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to allow others to utilize your time slot. Refunds are allowed with 24 hours' notice. An exception to the 24-hour notice requirement may be granted for COVID-related health issues.  

To Cancel Your Reservation 
  • If you’re a member or had free admission, please email us at info@hocm.org so we can release your tickets
  • If you paid admission, please call us at 360-956-0818 ex. 0 and leave a detailed message.
Timed Start available every hour up to 2 hours before close.

June 18: early Museum closure at 3pm for new exhibit dedication ceremony
June 19: early Museum closure at 2pm for private event

Daily Admission:
Monday - Tuesday: 9 am - 3 pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday - 10 am - 5 pm

Sensory Friendly Hour:
Sunday - 9 am - 10 am

The cost of your admission can be applied to a membership purchased on the day of your visit. 

Babies (0-17 mo.) 
General (18 mo - 64 yrs)
Seniors (65+)
Military, First Responder, Foster Family (w/ valid ID) 
Sensory Friendly Hour 
$7.50/Members FREE
WSECU Wednesdays
Call to make reservations (360) 956-0818
Half-price admission for WSECU members on the first Wednesday of each month.  
Access Admission 
Sponsored by WSECU 
FREE/$2 (EBT Cardholders)
First 2 guests free, each additional $2
Locker Rental $2/day
Annual Parking Pass $65 

2021 Closures
Easter: April 4
Thanksgiving: November 26
Christmas Eve: December 24 (EARLY closure 3 p.m.)
Christmas Day: December 25

Please Note: 
  • Occasionally the museum closes early for special events and holidays. Please check the home page (top-right of page) to see the current day's hours. 
  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by a caregiver 16 years or older. 
Free & Reduced Admission 

Thanks to the Museum's many generous sponsors: The Hands On Children's Museum is committed to being accessible to all children and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. We are able to regularly sponsor visits and memberships. 

(Washington State EBT Cardholders)
Two guests admitted free of charge every day when presenting an EBT card and ID. $2 admission for each
additional guest. 
Museums For All Initiative
We are proud to participate in the Institute of Museum & Library Service's national Museums for All initiative to make the rich learning environments of museums accessible to all children and families. This special discounted rate is available to families receiving food assistance, as identified by showing an EBT card. 

Thanks to our partnership with WSECU we have received our national Museums for All designation, allowing the museum to expand its mobile educational programs, increase subsidized field trips for schools serving low-income student populations, and offer free & reduced admission to any family receiving state basic food assistance through a Washington state electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. 

Supervised Visits
If you attend the Museum on a supervised visit, family members and supervisor should identify themselves at the front desk as here for a supervised visit. All adults and children that are part of the visit, including the supervisor, will be admitted at no charge. Call the front desk to register for a timed admission session (360) 956-0818 ext. 0. 

For qualified families who want the benefits of an Annual Membership, we offer an Access Membership Program. Access Membership includes unlimited admission, discounts on camps and classes, and a 10% discount in the Museum Café and store, for $25 per year. 
More Information

What about other special restrictions?

For the comfort of our visitors and their families, we are a Weapon-Free Zone. We ask that visitors not bring any sharp objects or concealed weapons into the museum. 

We are also a Tobacco & Vape-Free Zone. We ask that visitors do not smoke on the museum property, including the Outdoor Discovery Center and entrance areas. 

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