Located in the heart of Pensacola, the Pensacola Children’s Museum provides a look at the 450 years of Pensacola history, and it’s all geared towards children. The museum offers two floors of fun for the whole family, featuring hands-on exhibits that encourage learning.
The first floor is specifically geared towards the younger kids – the museum says it’s geared to kids under the age of 10 – while the second floor is designed for older kids, teens, and adults. On the first floor, kids will get a chance to learn all about colonial life in Pensacola. On the second floor, you’ll find exciting exhibits on Pensacola’s Civil War, Native American, industrial, military, multicultural, and maritime history.
A few of the exciting hands-on exhibits include:
Panton Trading Post
Native American Village
The museum also features a reading nook, which not only offers excellent books for kids to read to their kids but also dress up clothing for the younger children to enjoy. The hands-on Brick Makerspace is a special creative play gallery for individuals of all ages. It’s the perfect spot for the entire family to build, imagine, and show off original works. In fact, the museum won the Strictly Brik’s Makerspace Award, and the space works to encourage children to dream, create, and build incredible things to build the designers, engineers, and inventors of the future.
Don’t forget to stop by the museum store, which you’ll find on the first floor. It’s a go-to spot for children’s toys and books. Special Historic Pensacola branded wooden toys are available from Melissa and Doug, making them a special treat for kids.
While the museum is closed on Monday, it’s opened Tuesday through Saturday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. While hours are shorter on Sundays, it’s the perfect day to go because the museum offers discounted rates on Sunday. Programming is always being updated at the Pensacola Children’s Museum, so stop back again, even if you’ve visited in the past.
– Once you purchase your tickets, they’re good for seven days, so you can go back anytime while you’re visiting. Those tickets also offer admission to the Historic Pensacola Village and TT. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, among others, making them worth your purchase.
– Kids under the age of three are free.
– Keep in mind, some parts of the museum may be closed at times for school trips or birthday parties. Consider calling ahead if you’re worried about missing out on parts of the museum.