Great Lakes Children's Museum

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13240 S West Bayshore
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 932-4526
(231) 922-0045 (fax)
Hours:
10am to 5pm Tues- Sat, and 1pm to 5pm on Sun. (Labor Day- Memorial Day we are also open Monday10-5)

About Us

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum creates hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage read more
  • About

    The Great Lakes Children’s Museum creates 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.

    Why is that important?

    We believe every child can benefit from having a safe and welcoming place to explore the world around them at their own pace and in their own way. Great Lakes Children’s Museum exhibits and programs are designed to provide those opportunities for learning as a foundation to developing a life-long love of learning.

    Children also benefit from interaction with adult caregivers – and that benefit increases with quantity of interaction and frequency. Children’s museums, in general, help children learn through play and help adults learn TO play. Both parties benefit from the experience.

    The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and has accomplished its mission since 1998, offering hands-on educational opportunities to the children and families in Michigan’s northern lower peninsula, the midwest, the USA, and Canada.

    As a non-profit organization, the Museum also operates a store inside, as a benefit to the community and Museum guests. All profits are used to fund Museum operations, including providing funding to offer reduced priced admissions to military families, and to others who might not be able to afford coming to the Museum. We play with kids every day. We know what they like. Come shop with us and support your local area!

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    The Museum is a brick-red one-story building less than two miles from downtown TC on S. West Bay Shore Dr (also known as M-22) immediately across from West Bay, in Greilickville, Elmwood Township.