The Children's Museum, West Hartford

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The Children's Museum is the oldest and largest museum for children in Connecticut, United States. The museum was founded in 1927 as the Children's Museum of Hartford, and was known until 2006 as The Science Center of Connecticut. The Museum is geared towards young children, and is committed to "Igniting Curiosity through Science and Nature". It is the fifth oldest of all Children's Museums in the US, and serves over 200,000 people each year.

Located at 950 Trout Brook Dr. in West Hartford, the Children's Museum offers interactive exhibits, New England's second largest planetarium, over a hundred live animals, a life-sized replica of a sperm whale (Connecticut's State animal) that visitors can walk inside, and science and nature classes for children. It also includes the Children's Museum Preschool, one of the nation's oldest preschools, and of very few that feature a science and nature curriculum.

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  • It is always a fun day whenever we took the grandchild to This Museum. Not only are the animals usually at a height that children can easily view but the other exhibits are interactive and great...  more »
  • At first appearance the facility needs a rehab, but the activities inside cover everything from space exploration to animals to a sound factory. The kids had an amazing time, because the activities.....  more »
  • Great whale sculpture outside for children to climb on. Fascinating butterfly exhibit and wonderful planetarium. Wide variety of live animals and several fun hands-on activities for pre and school age children. Very helpful staff, free, handicap accessible parking, reasonable admission fees. Website very informative. A nice little museum!
  • Nice place to go with children. There are a lot of learning stations here. My granddaughter loves it. There is a nice picnic area. This is the perfect day trip for the family. I can't wait to go back.

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