The Great Lakes Children’s Museum provides hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.


Reservations are STRONGLY recommended. Click here for tickets. Walk-ins admitted if capacity allows.

$9.00 per person age 1 and up. Members are free.
Discount for Active Duty Military and up to 7 guests. ID required.


  • Sunday & Monday
  • OPEN
    12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • NOTE: General Admission guests may share Museum galleries with Birthday Parties and Field Trips. Check our calendar on the events page for details.
  • Tuesday–Saturday
  • OPEN
    9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • NOTE: Closed to the public from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month for the 5toOne Playgroup. Sign up for the playgroup at www.greatstartkids.com

Seal of Transparency

Great Lakes Children’s Museum has earned a 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations! We publish this information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements and indicators of the difference we make in the world. Check us out: Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.

Museum Support

Programming & operations are partially supported through grants from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Certain projects are funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professional development funds, administered through Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network have been provided through MACC. Thank you MACC, NEA and NWMI Arts!

Media Partners

Media partners for all Great Lakes Children’s Museum events are 104.5 Bob FM, 106 KHQ and Lite 96 FM, and 9&10 News.