The entire Children's Museum of New Hampshire is wheelchair accessible.
Front doors and restrooms can be opened using large push buttons. A wide ramp and an elevator connect the first and second floors.
All restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible and the Children's Museum of New Hampshire's second floor family restroom is equipped with an adult-sized changing cot.
One-on-one aides or therapists are admitted free when they visit with their client.
A social story is available for those who might need it prior to visiting the museum.
Trained service animals are always welcome. Emotional support animals are not permitted within the museum.
Handicap accessible parking spaces are located alongside the Children's Museum of New Hampshire on Washington Street. A ramp leads from parking to our front door.
The museum is accessible by public transportation, and is a 3-minute walk from COAST Dover City Hall bus stop.
Accessibility tools like industrial twist ties, stretchy fabric, and bump dots are available or installed in some exhibits. See this blog for more details.
Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtime
For some children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders, a visit to museums like ours is challenging or over-stimulating. The Exploring Our Way: Sensory Friendly Playtimes are free monthly, low-sensory events designed for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders and allows them to explore the Museum along with their families without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical day.
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Reach All Initiative helps develop financial resources that support visits by families in challenging circumstances. Every year, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire serves over 96,000 visitors, nearly 20% of whom come through our doors for free or reduced admission. Ensuring accessibility to museum experiences for all is a central part of our mission, and we believe that to serve as a critical resource for families, we must meet the needs in our community.
Library Letters: You can reserve a letter from participating local libraries, to visit CMNH on a specific day. Those letters offer half-off admission for up to 4 people. Check with your local library for availability.
During the School Year (Fall to early Spring): Military personnel, including veterans, and their families will receive a 50% admission discount throughout the school year. Supported by Service Credit Union.
Summer: Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, we offer current and retired military personnel and their immediate family members free admission. Supported by Service Credit Union and Blue Star Museums. Learn more here >>
EBT/ WIC Card Discount: The Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers $3 per person admission to those who show an EBT or WIC card and a valid ID at our front desk. This discount is valid for up to two adults (the EBT/WIC cardholder, his/her spouse/partner or co-parent) and their dependent children. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire accepts valid EBT/WIC cards from NH and other states. Note: EBT/WIC cards are NOT accepted for payment.
Special Discount Days: Occasionally we are supported by a generous sponsor and are able to offer free admission days for residents of certain area towns. If you are interested in sponsoring such a day, please reach out to our Director of Development and Community Engagement, Monique Deforge at email@example.com.
Social Service Agency Client Passes: If you are a client of a social service agency, ask if they are one of our Funded Admission Partner Organizations. If you are a non-profit agency serving children and are interested in becoming a partner and receiving free passes for your clients, please contact Monique Deforge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers: Teachers who teach Pre-K through 5th grade can present proof of employment (school ID, pay-stub) and receive half off their admission only.
Q. I want to use a discount, so how do I reserve a spot online?
A. If you have a discount of any kind besides a CMNH Membership such as Library passes, ASTC or ACM museum member from another museum, EBT/WIC cardholders, or Military:
When you visit the Info + Reservations page and choose the date/time of your visit, from the ticketing page, you'll want to choose the "Discount" options (Adult w/discount, Child w/discount, Senior w/discount) and we will process your admission, with proof of discount, when you arrive at the museum. EXCEPTION: If you see a promo code on your pass/flyer, choose the Adult, Child, Senior price types - not "Adult w/discount" etc., then add the promo code when you get to the shopping cart to apply your discount.
Q. I work at a Social Service Agency. How can I get passes from the Funded Admission Program?
A. Funded Admission passes are available through our 501(c)(3) non-profit partner organizations. To be eligible, you must be an active participant at one of the Children's Museum of New Hampshire's partnering organizations. If you work at a non-profit agency and would like to inquire about admission passes for your clients through the Funded Admission Program, please contact Monique Deforge for information.
Q. I am a staff member at a Title I School in New Hampshire. Is my school qualified for discounted visits?
A. Yes! The Children's Museum of New Hampshire has created the Museum InReach program to engage underserved audiences. This program involves a statewide effort to bring student groups to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire at no charge. Museum InReach provides subsidized bus transportation and curriculum-based visits to the museum for school-wide Title I Schools. Museum InReach visits are available September-March. Please contact Leila McRae for more information.
This program is made possible with generous support from Lincoln Financial Foundation.
If you have any questions related to accessibility, please call the Children's Museum of New Hampshire at (603) 742-2002 or email: email@example.com before your visit.