CMOM Reopens

The Children’s Museum of Memphis reopens just in time to celebrate our much anticipated 30th anniversary. June 16, 1990, will forever be a landmark date in the hearts of the visionaries whose dream of a children’s museum in their hometown became a reality when the doors opened for the first time. Over the past thirty years, we have seen our mission come to life in the eyes of children: engaging children in playful learning.

With our recent temporary closing due to the COVID19 pandemic, how remarkable that we find ourselves able to reopen our doors precisely 30 years later to continue celebrating the life of this local institution. We have had the support of the community through every phase of the museum:

  • 1988: Lease the armory for $1 per year from the City of Memphis
  • 1990: Grand Opening – 12,000 square foot of exhibit space
  • 2001: Grand Opening on Expansion: Additional 8,000 square feet of exhibit space (20,000 sq. ft. total)
  • 2013: Grand Opening of H2Oh! Splash Park and Outdoor PlaySpace
  • 2017: Grand Opening of the Memphis Grand Carousel & Pavilion

CDC Compliancy:

The Children’s Museum of Memphis is taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Signage asking guests to comply with CDC requirements including:

  • Wearing a mask if you are over the age of 6. Masks are available for purchase for a minimal cost.
  • Social distancing
  • Washing / sanitizing hands frequently

If you have any questions, please call visitor services at 901-458-2678. 

Additional precautions including:

  • Sanitation station at the entrance
  • Maximum number of guests at 50% capacity
  • Screening all guests at admissions
  • General COVID-related health question
  • Requesting they reschedule their visit if feeling ill
  • Cashless and touchless admission process
  • Ample sanitizer stations throughout the museum
  • Since masks are required, we have an ample number of masks available for sale
  • All touchable items in the museum are frequently sanitized
  • Sanitized toys will replace touched toys
  • Rotated closures of exhibits for sanitizing
  • Vital Oxide and electrostatic sprayer is being used throughout the day
  • The museum will be closed to the public on Mondays for deep cleaning


  • All staff is required to wear masks and be symptom free