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An at-a-glance look at The Children's Museum at La Habra.
It is our mission to encourage enthusiasm about learning in a hands-on environment that opens the world even to the youngest child.
- Opened in December 1977 and is located in a historic 1923 Train Depot.
- One of only a few children's museums to open on the West Coast during the 1970s.
- 10,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits about the arts, sciences, world cultures and everyday life.
The Children's Museum at La Habra has an average of 95,000 children, parents and teachers that visit annually.
Our Museum features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 2 times a year.
Current Changing Exhibit
If I Lived in a Castle
January 22 - August 25, 2019
The Museum's Changing Gallery will be transformed into a Medieval Castle, complete with drawbridge, towers and a throne room! What was it like to live 1000 years ago? Within the Castle Proper there is a Medieval Kitchen where visitors can prepare a feast of roasted capon and eel pie for the King's table, then gather vegetables and honey in the Castle Garden. Explore the Inner Bailey, with its castle forge where the smith makes iron fittings for the castle and repairs armor. Next, a visit to the Queen's Chamber, where they can try on gowns, read an Illuminated Manuscript, and experience what sleeping on a rope bed felt like. A trip to the Apothecary may be in order, to purchase medicinal herbs to cure the ague. Young squires can dress up and practice their archery and swordsmanship in order to become knights, and then sit upon an armored steed for a photo op in the stables. In the Throne Room, little visitors can try on a crown and sit on a throne, then learn about heraldry and coats-of-arms, and see portraits of famous kings and queens of old.
Dinosaurs! October 1 - March 1, 2020
- Children and Adults: $12
- La Habra residents: $11
- Children under 2: Free
- Members are always Free
Special Events & Programs
Guided Tours / Field Trips
Our docent-led Museum tours offer an educational experience that complements classroom learning and bridges the Museum and classroom curriculum. Learn more about it at our Field Trip page.
Scholarship programs are provided to local under-served schools. These programs allow the Museum to offer additional educational tools to compliment the Museum visit with outreach materials, on-site educators and workshops, as well as teacher Professional Development. Learn more about the programs on our Outreach Page.
Children experience the Children's Museum galleries and exhibits through engaging themed activities in science, theater, and creepy crawly animal encounters.
- Families with children ages 1-9 in the Southern California area
- School groups, educators, preschools, early childhood care providers, homeschool families and scouting groups