Our team at The Children’s Museum of Wilmington believes in the power of every child learning through play. That is why we strive to accommodate the needs of all guests by providing financial, physical, emotional, and intellectual access in a welcoming and safe environment. We are continually learning and collaborating with local communities who support us in this mission. For accommodations, questions, or comments, please contact us at 910-254-3534 ext. 106!
Therapists and Caregivers
Therapists and caregivers receive a complimentary admission ticket when accompanying a paying patron who requires medical or physical assistance during their visit to the Museum. Please call our Front Desk at (910) 254-3534 to reserve the complimentary admission ticket before your visit.
Sensory Sound Map
This map highlights the level of sound experienced at our exhibits. It is important to remember that the busier the Museum gets, the louder the exhibit spaces become. Please see our front desk if someone in your party is needing a quiet space during their visit or is interested in checking out our noise-canceling headphones. CVD friendly Museum Sound Map, click here.
Museum Sound Map, click here.
Speech Therapy Play Guide
This guide is a product of having a local speech-language pathologist walk through the Museum and describe how they would use the space for speech therapy. The purpose is to provide an outline for how children can work on their speech development during their visit to the Museum. The guide is not comprehensive but offers a starting point for how each exhibit can be used. Click here.
Our social stories are designed to help your child, friend, or family member prepare for their visit to the Museum. English version available here. Spanish version coming soon.
Noise Canceling Headphones
We currently have two adjustable child sensory headphones at our front desk available for check out on a first come, first serve basis.
From 11am - 1pm on Sunday, June 5th and Sunday, August 7th, the Museum will offer a sensory friendly experience for visitors with sensory sensitivities. This includes adjusting exhibit lighting and audio, providing sound maps and sensory signage throughout the Museum, and designating calming spaces. Learn more.
We are in the process of creating sensory bags that will be available for check out at our front desk. The bag will include sensory comforting and tactile items that will help guests regulate sensory processing during their visit.
We have an accessible Museum entrance on 2nd St. between Orange St. and Ann. St. Buzz the doorbell and a staff member will answer and open the door for you. If you need a wheelchair or further assistance for your visit please call us at 910-254-3534.
The nearest marked accessible parking spaces for patrons with a valid accessible parking license plate or hanging tag are in the Hannah Block USO paid parking lot located at 118 S. 2nd St. Spaces are priced at $1.00 per hour for the first five hours and $8.00 for 24 hours.
Patrons with valid accessible parking license plates or hanging tags may also park for free at any on-street metered space for an unlimited time. Residential restricted permitted streets are excluded.
For accommodations, questions, or comments, please contact us at 910-254-3534 ext. 106! Learn more about our accessibility here.
Certified Service Animals are always welcome to accompany their handler at the Museum. We do not allow emotional support animals or pets in the Museum.
Nursing nook & Calming cave
The Nursing Nook & Calming Cave are located next to the Exploration Station exhibit on the 3rd level. This space provides a private room for nursing as well as a quiet space for children to calm themselves if they feel overstimulated. The Calming Cave includes a black out curtain, light and sound machine, bean bag, weighted blanket, and sensory board.
Therapeutic Play Guide
We are in the process of creating a therapeutic play guide with a local Occupational Therapist. This play guide can be used by families and therapists to integrate therapeutic play approaches while visiting the Museum. The guide will not be comprehensive, but offers a starting point for how each exhibit can be used.
Tickets are encouraged to be purchased online for your convenience here.
The Museum has free locker storage available with dimensions of 12x12x16". A key can be requested by the front desk on a first come, first serve basis.
Restrooms are available on each level of the Museum. Select restrooms have baby changing stations.
We have snacks and water available for purchase at our front desk. Outside food and drink are welcome to be eaten in our Courtyard or Bonus Room upon request.
We have an elevator and ramps that serve all levels of the Museum, inside and outside.
Wheel Chair Lift
A wheelchair lift is available for access to our pirate ship, Art Room, and Bonus Room. Please ask the front desk for assistance.