The Best Children’s Museums in the USA

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Best Children's Museums

Over the past two decades, it seems that children’s museums have been popping up everywhere. When I was growing up a children’s museum was a rarity, but these days I find myself picking and choosing which children’s museums to visit  because there are just so many! Thanks to the help of our thousands of members, Trekaroo has created a top ten list of the best children’s museums in the United States. These museums are setting the bar for what it means to create interactive learning spaces that stimulate, fascinate, and entertain kids for hours on end.

Let’s find out who made the cut starting with the 10th most popular children’s museum on Trekaroo.

10. The Magic House Children’s Museum

St. Louis, MO

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The five-star rated Magic House Children’s Museum is big enough to keep your kids entertained for more than a day. Younger kids love the massive water table while older kids enjoy the forensic lab in the Mystery Mezzanine, huge slides that run throughout the building, and the science exhibits. Even babies have a special area just for them. Having both indoor and outdoor interactive exhibits is another big bonus.

See other kid friendly activities, hotels and restaurants in St. Louis.

New York takes center stage in our next kid’s museum. Click next to start exploring.

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About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
12 Responses
  1. Traci

    Great choices; the Strong Museum in NY is AMAZING! But where is the EdVenture children’s museum in Columbia, SC? It’s the largest children’s museum in the South, and home to “Eddie,” the world’s largest kid! http://gobigorgohomeblog.com/1054

  2. kbodell

    @ Traci, Looks like an awesome museum. I’ll have to keep my eye on it for 2011!! Right now it has some mixed reviews from trekaroo users?? Hopefully if it is such a great place, that will soon change 😉 http://www.trekaroo.com/activities/edventure-childrens-museum-columbia-south-carolina

  3. Traci

    The new Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa may be worth adding as well!

  4. Alexandra

    I HAVE to add the Mississippi Children’s Museum in my hometown of Jackson, MS. It really is amazing!
    http://www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com/

  5. Claire

    Great List! I am coming back to your site when we take any family vacations!! We live in Philly and are just starting to explore locally. For anyone looking to save a few dollars at the Please Touch Museum, we put together a youtube episode on how we were able to afford the visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTxNiRQXmSQ

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