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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 that changes 2 times a year.
Current Changing Exhibit
March 15, 2022 - March 5, 2023
Rain forests are a vital link in the healthy ecology of our planet. Many strange, beautiful and endangered plants and animals that live in rainforests are found nowhere else in the world. You can become a rain forest ranger and start a mission to save the forest when you enter The Children’s Museum at La Habra’s new Changing Gallery exhibit, Rainforest Rangers. Visitors will get equipped with survival vests and pick up their assignment clipboards at the Ranger Station. Ride in the Jungle Jeep to the interior where you can climb the levels of the tree canopy. Did you know the biggest eagle on Earth lives in the canopy? A Harpy Eagle is bigger than you! Check to make sure she’s doing well! Then visit the Forest Floor where you can see live creatures that inhabit the thick layer of leaves. Are they healthy? How many are there? Be sure to mark your clipboard! Play the Tapir Drum and the Percussion Vines in the Jungle Music Area, and build your own gorilla nest in the Primate Zone. How many foods and products come from the rainforest? Mark your checklist! Be sure to pick up the take-home information that tells you what to do at home to help save the rainforests and be a Rainforest Ranger!
Lil’ Innovators Early Childhood STEM Program
- General Admission $12
- La Habra Resident $11
- Seniors over 65 years $10
- Military with ID $10
- Members are always Free
- Conductor: $80
- Caboose Pass: $125
- Engineer Pass: $160
- Freight Pass: $280
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 1-8 in the Southern California area
- School groups, educators, preschools, early childhood care providers, home-school families and scouting groups