FAQs

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Are there any special offers?

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We do have some special offers. Sign up for our E-newsletter to receive them!

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Can I drop my child off for the day and leave?

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We ask that all children under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult. Any child under 16 found on their own will be escorted to the Information Booth to remain there until a parent or caretaker is located. The child will not be allowed to leave the Museum until someone picks up the child.

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Can I host my child’s birthday party there?

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Yes! Hosting a birthday party at the Museum is a great way to create a memorable experience for any child. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Can my group visit?

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Groups are always welcome at the Terre Haute Children's Museum! To properly accommodate groups, reservations are required. To plan a group visit, please call (812) 235-5548. Our reservationists will be happy to discuss available dates, times and other information that will help you prepare for your group's visit to the Terre Haute Children's Museum. *Please note: Museum memberships cannot be used for group visits.

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How can I volunteer at the Museum?

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There are many ways to support the museum. The Terre Haute Children's Museum greatly appreciates donations and volunteers. We believe volunteers are vital in supporting us to transform and touch the community. While having direct contact with children and families, our volunteers have an opportunity to express their passion for learning as well as shape the lives of our adults of tomorrow.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the museum, please contact Jamie McDowell at 812-235-5548 or jmcdowell@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

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How long does a visit take?

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There is no exact answer for this question, as it really all depends on your child’s age and interests. We are a one-stop for family fun: play, eat and shop here!

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How much does admission cost?

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Everyone receives the discounted admission of $8 per person. Children under two are FREE.

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Is the Museum handicap accessible?

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Yes, all hallways, exhibits, and restrooms are handicap accessible at THCM. An elevator is accessible from each floor.

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What age range is appropriate?

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The Terre Haute Children's Museum is for the young and young at heart, but specifically, we target children from age 2 to age 12 and their families.  Each of our exhibits, experiences, and programs has been designed to engage a broad range of ages and interests.

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What are the hours?

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Current Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

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What can my family do at the Museum?

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There's something new to do every day at the Terre Haute Children's Museum!  The THCM is packed with interactive exhibits and there is plenty of fun and learning to be had.  To see what's going on during the day of your visit, please check our online calendar for event times and descriptions.

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What does the Museum do to support teachers?

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The Terre Haute Children's Museum is happy to offer tours of the facility to teachers who wish to enhance their school curriculum. The museum is also working to create Teacher's Packets, which will contain activities to supplement their experience. Teachers interested in learning more about the Museum can contact Rachael Nickel, director of education and exhibits, at rnickel@terrehautechildrensmuseum.com.

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Where can I park?

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Free, two-hour parking is available on many of the city streets surrounding the Museum. In addition, there is a public parking garage located one block north of the Museum at 8th and Cherry Streets. Parking garage fees are $1 per hour with a maximum fee of $6 per day.

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Where does the Museum get its financial support?

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The Museum is supported by income generated by usage fees and generous contributions from the area's philanthropic community. Approximately 65 percent of the operating budget is earned through admissions, memberships, rentals, program fees and gift shop sales, while 35 percent is contributed by corporations, foundations and individuals. Approximately 86 percent of THCM's operating budget is devoted to education and visitor services.

Any donation, whether great are small, is always appreciated. For more information, contact Lynn Hughes, Executive Director, by phone at 812.235.5548 or by email at lhughes@TerreHauteChildrensMuseum.com.

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Why should I become a Museum Member?

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Museum Members receive unlimited free admission to the Children's Museum all year long! Members receive all sorts of benefits: from discounts to special members-only events. And, a Family Membership pays off in just three visits!

The best thing to do (especially if you have never visited the Museum) is to check out all exhibits and programming offered on the day of your visit. If at the end of your visit you have enjoyed your time at the Museum and would like to purchase a membership, whatever admission paid that same day will be applied to the total cost of the membership.

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