the Children's Museum of New Hampshire

6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
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6 Washington Street
03820 Dover , NH
United States
Phone: 603-742-2002
New Hampshire US

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire celebrates children's discover- and play-based learning processes. We also aspire to be a place that meets the needs of the entire family and encourages shared joyful interactions. Our 20+ exhibits are designed in-house, created by local artists and craftspeople and incorporate a multitude of learning styles and senses. Children and adults can learn together about the world around them - aerodynamics, dinosaurs, world cultures, textile mills, river systems, the arts and more. Through our Reach All Initiative programs, we strive to be accessible and welcoming to the entire community.

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location: 
Washington Street, adjacent to the Museum
Main Entrance: 
Two rails, 30 steps away
Accessible Entrance: 
There is only one entrance to the Museum.
Café / Restaurant: 
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Children’s Backpack Carriers: 
Coat room
Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Family/Unisex Restroom: 
Family / unisex restroom available (wheelchair accessible)
Family/Unisex Restroom Location: 
Two on each floor of the Museum
Service Animals: 
Sitting Area Location: 
First floor
Portable Chairs: 
Some first floor chairs are moveable.
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information: 
The main entrance doors are not electronic. Please contact the Museum so someone can assist with the main entrance doors.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk: 
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits: 
The Museum's exhibits are hands-on, interactive and designed for multi-sensory access. Gallery 6, the Museum's art gallery, presents high quality professional art installations throughout the year. Upcoming exhibit: Art Beyond Vision, in partnership with the NH Association for the Blind, March 9 - May 31, 2012. In addition to approximately 40 pieces of artwork, visitors can take blindfolded tours, create in Braille, wear eyewear that simulates visual distortions and try technologies developed to aid people with visual impairments. The Studio has on-going arts and science activities for all ages to explore their imaginations. Studio themes change monthly.
Audio Exhibits: 
Many exhibits have audio components.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Exploring Our Way, the Children's Museum of NH's Autism Partnership Program, takes place on the second Sunday of the month, 10am - 12 noon. This free program is especially for families who have a child with autism. Information and resources are available on our website under the Program Tab. Social stories and noise-canceling headphones are always available at the front desk. The museum welcomes people living with dementia or Alzheimer's and their care partners for a free, non-clinical, social gathering. The Alzheimer's Cafe happens monthly at the Children's Museum of NH on the third Thursday from 2 - 4pm.
Our Access Programs Use: 
Verbal Description Tours
Original touchable objects
Touch objects (replicas, facsimiles, props)
Art-making activities
Hands-on classroom activities
Music and sound
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
To join our mailing list or receive a newsletter/access newsletter:
Media (You Tube) available for visitors participating in institutions online:
Other Programs for Audiences with Diverse Needs: 
Exploring Our Way, the Children's Museum of NH's Autism Partnership Program, Alzheimer's Cafe