FAQs

Why should I visit a children’s museum?
Children’s museums are places where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them.  Our museum provides a fun learning experience in a clean, safe environment.  We encourage hands-on, participatory learning for children of all ages.  Discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving and free play motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with adults and peers.

What is the suggested age range for the museum?
The museum’s exhibits and educational programs are designed for children newborn through ten years old.  Our Bear Camp Bayou exhibit is specifically designed for newborn through four years old.

Can adults come into the museum without a child?  Can children come without an adult?
For the safety of our guests, we do not allow adults without children, or children without adults.  Unaccompanied adults may request a free tour from available staff.

Why do adults need to pay admission?
The museum’s mission is to inspire children, families and communities through interactive educational experiences and exploration.  All of our exhibits have been designed for adults and children to play and learn together.

Does the museum offer any discounts?
We currently offer $2 off per person for military and senior citizens 65+.  Coupons are available through various sources including on the website, www.GulfCoast.org.

Can I leave and then come back the same day?
Of course.  All you need to do is get your hand stamped at the front desk before you leave, or show us your receipt when you re-enter the museum.

What are the quietest times to visit?
The number of people visiting the museum varies from day to day.  If you call in advance, we will be more than happy to give you an estimate of how many school children and regular visitors we are anticipating that day.

What is going on today?
Visit the calendar for a complete list of the day’s activities and events.

How long does it take to go through the museum?
Depending on your child’s age and which programs you attend, the length of your visit may vary.  We advise planning for 1-3 hours.

Do you have a café or a place to eat in the museum?
We do not have a café but we do sell assorted snacks at admissions have vending machines outside which offer water and sodas.

Can I bring my own food and drink into the museum?
Food and drink are not allowed in the museum, but you may bring your own lunch and picnic on our grounds.  Picnic areas are available with limited seating, weather permitting.  The museum can not accommodate unscheduled parties on the grounds of the museum. There are also a number of restaurants close to the museum.  Ask the front desk for a list of options.

Is the museum handicap accessible?
The museum and all exhibits are handicap accessible.  We offer wheelchairs at the front desk for use during your visit, and service animals are welcome in the museum.

Are there restrooms with changing tables?
Restrooms are located on the first and second floors of the museum and they have countertop changing tables.

Where can I nurse my baby?
You may nurse your child anywhere in the museum, but if you prefer a more private space, there is a respite room on the second floor of the museum.

Can I bring a stroller into the museum?
Strollers are definitely welcome, but we do not have a stroller check.  If you leave your stroller unattended, 

Are there lockers or storage areas at the museum?
There are no lockers or storage areas available at the museum.  There are coat hooks located in the hallway.

May we celebrate our child’s birthday at the museum?
We love to have children visit the museum on their birthday!  For the comfort of all visitors, the museum cannot accommodate unscheduled parties on the grounds. Please check out our Parties page to book your celebration.