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Imagine Nation, Bristol

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Children’s Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 8, and also an Early Learning School with a full day, full year NAEYC accredited infant toddler mixed age program and School Readiness, NAEYC accredited, Reggio-Emilia Inspired Preschool Program. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation and a division of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center.

As a non-profit organization, Imagine Nation relies on the generosity of our supporters. Visit our website to make a tax deductible donation!


Admission is $10.00 per person, children under one are admitted free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

During special events, admission may change from our standard ticket pricing. Please view our Events for more information.

Show your Big Y shopping card and save $1.00 off every two admissions!

Present your current museum membership card with the ACM Reciprocal Network sticker on the reverse side for half priced admission for up to six people.


Become a member of the Imagine Nation Museum and enjoy free unlimited museum admission for an entire year for the whole family for $140!


Infant/Toddler Mixed Age- $260 per week, Care4Kids accepted.

Preschool- $190 per week maximum, tuition is based on a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Care4Kids also accepted.


Imagine Nation is located at 1 Pleasant Street in downtown Bristol, CT with close proximity to Routes 6, 72, 69, 229 and I-84.Free parking is available in our lot accessible from Upson Street. Limited street parking is also available on Pleasant Street and Upson Street. On weekends only, visitors may use the Bristol Board of Education parking lot located on Church Street. Also across from the Bristol Board of Education is a local commuter lot that is available to our visitors all week.


Our museum features a cafe with daily specials and healthy, delicious lunch options for adults and children. We also offer dessert options like sundaes, ice cream cones, and shakes.


The Imagine Nation Museum Early Learning Center is committed to the development of life-long learners. Within an environment that inspires young children and families to imagine and investigate, our community supports the development of critical thinking, curiosity, creativity, confidence, and citizenship.
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  • I found Imagination to be my least favorite place to take our grandson. Not alot of interactive things and at 3 1/2 he found it very boring and lost interest fast.  more »
  • This is a great hands-on experience for kids. Great for a rainy afternoon. Have been to the facility on numerous occasions.  more »
  • Went today for the first time and was impressed. So many things for the kids to do ages 2 to 8. Also many staff were available and do friendly. Impressed that they kept the place so clean, and noticed them sanitizing all of the toys the children play with. Nice open space, and you can literally send hours here (we spent 4!) We will definitely be back.
  • Excellent place for bring your kiddos, we enjoyed a lot and I never seen my kiddos so happy.

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