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Seattle Children’s Museum reopening April 2

Beloved family destination is reopening after two-year COVID closure. Here's what's new.

Great news for Seattle families: After a two-year COVID closure, Seattle Children’s Museum is reopening April 2.

Designed for kids 12 and under, the museum retains some familiar favorites but has added some fresh exhibits, too.

Grand reopening is Saturday, April 2, and operating hours will be limited at first. Check the website for specifics and also to reserve time slots.  Seattle Children’s Museum has been a fixture at Seattle Center since 1980.

Children’s Museum reopening: what’s new

  • Amazing Airways, an interactive exhibit exploring air pressure.
  • Neighborhood Paws, a veterinary office exhibit that’s part of the neighborhood gallery. Kids can care for their favorite (stuffed!) pets, examine their X-rays, rock them to sleep and tuck them into kennels.
  • Seattle Reads! A new story space with a focus on literacy, numeracy and reading readiness. It features a mural inspired by Nikki McClure’s “1-2-3 Salish Sea,” courtesy of the author and Sasquatch Books.
  • Orca Cove, a special area for kids 3 and younger featuring a fishing dock, the Small Fry Café, and the classic smiling orca sculpture.
  • A newly restocked museum shop, with interactive books plus fun and educational items for kids.

The museum has several new staff members and board members. It is led by Acting Director Alissa Rupp. In addition to looking for a permanent director, the museum has several other staff positions to fill, too.


Children's Museum reopening

Photo courtesy of Seattle Children’s Museum

“With a re-energized presence in our community, the Seattle Children’s Museum has a meaningful opportunity to engage and inspire kids, families and educators,” Rupp said. “We have continued the museum’s emphasis on art, literacy and role-play, and we have deepened the museum’s connections to our region’s natural and built environments.

“We have also clearly stated our values, including inclusivity, welcoming and engagement for all, and we will build those values into all new exhibits and programs,” Rupp continued.

COVID safety measures include timed admission and capacity limits to allow social distancing. However, as of March 23, a mask policy had not yet been set. Check back for updates.


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