Erie's Children's Museum Reopening July 7 to Members

The museum will open three days a week. Nonmembers welcome after July 14.

June 26, 2020

The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is planning to open to members on Tuesday July 7 and then to the general public on Tuesday July 14. The museum will open three days a week with time-ticketing sessions throughout the day to allow thorough disinfecting between sessions.

Those hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday:

  • 9:00am – 11:00am 
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm 
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm  

The museum leadership team has spent the past several weeks working on a 40-page Strategy to Reopen Plan that combines CDC recommendations as well as recommendations from the Association of Children’s Museums. Some of the items in the plan include eliminating exhibits with airflow, rearranging exhibits to maintain social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing protocols, staff training, and more. 

The museum is committed to upholding safety guidelines required to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which include: 

  • physically distancing; 
  • wearing face coverings; 
  • washing and sanitizing hands; 
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces; 
  •  staying home if sick.

 “Like most places reopening during the time of COVID-19, a visit to the Children’s Museum will be different than before, but we are committed to providing families with a safe learning experience,” says Ainslie Brosig, Executive Director. “Children’s museums across the country have come together to work on a plan that we feel will offer clean, safe fun.”

Reservations are required for both members and non-members and will be scheduled in two-hour time slots. Reservations can be made online at  Each session will allow for 75 reservations to visit the museum. This is less than the recommended 50 percent capacity recommended by the CDC and Governor Wolf. 

For a complete reopening plan please visit

Summer camps at the museum

The Children's Museum is also opening for a limited number of summer camps for kids. Here are the details: 

ExpERIEnce Children's Museum is offering hands-on, interactive camps this summer for kids ages 5 to 10. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and cost $150 for members and $175 for nonmembers. 

Camp scholarships available – please visit for more information!

Discovery Summer Camps: Ages 5-10

Please note: The Children's Museum has canceled its June camps because of the pandemic.

July 20-24, Kids Cookoff: Cook up some tasty treats in this scrumptious signature summer camp! Stir up some stew in Ireland, grind up some guacamole in Mexico, and prepare a pizza in Italy in this cultural kitchen expERIEnce.

July 27-31, Aspiring Artists: Art.Is. AWESOME! Campers will showcase their inner “artiste” as they paint, act, perform and MORE alongside local professionals in this week-ling artistic adventure. Come on by our annual Aspiring Artists gallery to see our kid creations.

August 3-7, Pet Vet (NEW in 2020!): Calling all animal lovers! Jump on over to explore the ABC’s of pet care. Create your own furry friend, explore what it takes to be a junior veterinarian, and imagine your own clinic!

Little Einstein Summer Camp: Ages 4-6

The Little Einstein June camp has been rescheduled for August. Here are the details:

Aug. 10-14: Providing Little Einstein’s the opportunity to expERIEnce camp! This camp is specifically designed for new camp go-ers to create, imagine, and explore at their own pace. Camp held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily.   Weeklong camp cost: $70 per member | $90 per non-member. 

Click here for more details and to register for summer camps at ExpERIEnce Children's Museum!


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