Providing Exciting Ways to Learn & Explore
Accessible and Educational Family-Friendly Experience North of Boston
NSCM welcomes all children from across the North Shore of Massachusetts and beyond, including Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Nahant, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Reading, Revere, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, and Winthrop.
Hands-on Exhibits for Kids
NSCM, located at 10 Main Street in Peabody, resides in a former bank building, with 15 distinct rooms, each curated with different themes for hands-on play, including a Rotating Room which changes seasonally! Exhibits are frequently updated and their smaller spaces aren’t overwhelming for younger visitors.
Local Programs for Kids
Nearly all programs at NSCM are included with admission, as part of our mission for access. Programs take place in our large, bright Party Room, and include regular offerings such as Yoga, Music and Movement, Storytelling, STEM workshops, and Sports Classes, as well as special monthly, themed events. Check out our events calendar and book your spot now!
Host Your Child's Next Birthday Party at NSCM!
Host your birthday party at NSCM! Our team will make your celebration special and stress-free. With private and semi-private options, all events include access to the museum for 40 people and exclusive access to our Party Room.
Educational Museum Exhibits for Kids Ages 2-8
Rotating Room – August to October 2023 – Classroom
Step into our very own NSCM classroom! We invite our visitors to play teacher at the chalkboard or student at the desks. Try your hand at our Red and Green Choices wall to help develop the social skills useful for school. Cozy up in the Reading Retreat with books chosen to help prepare for school. Our backpack sorting game is designed to work on pattern recognition and categorizing. Imaginative play is a fun and important tool for children to practice real-world situations in a safe, risk-free environment.
Enriching and Educational Programs
Our Party Room is home to dozens of free programs each month, with recurring monthly favorites such as Yoga, Mini Movers, and Live Music. Children learn the fundamentals of sports through partnerships with InclYOUsion Sports and Danvers Indoor Sports. Twice a month, we run our Pre-K Wonder Workshop and STEAM Club, which engage our young learners in open-ended challenges through small group lessons led by former educators.
Host Your Next Event at NSCM!
Our beautifully renovated Party Room is the perfect spot for your child’s next birthday party, baby shower, corporate group, or family reunion! Parties include private access to the Party Room, which seats 40 people (24 at tables), as well as admission to the museum and assistance from a party host on staff. NSCM is here to make your special day unforgettable.
We also love to host field trips at the museum for schools or other organizations. To learn more, please visit our field trip page.
Get & Stay Connected
When we think September, we think Back to School. North Shore Children’s Museum loves to host school groups for field trips! Our 15 hands-on exhibits provide interactive experiences that apply classroom teachings and allow positive interactions with peers. Our spaces are designed to cater best to ages 2-8, but we are happy to work with teachers outside of that range to figure out how we can make a field trip to North Shore Children’s Museum work for your class.
We love celebrating birthdays at North Shore Children’s Museum. Our number one goal is to make sure our birthday kids have the party of their dreams and their grown-ups have an easy hosting experience from start to finish.
2 Donkeys Toy Shop at NSCM
Looking for the perfect souvenir or gift for a child in your life? We’ve got you covered at 2 Donkeys Toy Shop at NSCM. This satellite location of a local North Shore business stocks a wide variety of toys, art supplies, craft kits, and more. Come check us out during the museum’s open hours.
“A museum provides the perfect addition to downtown. It is the type of destination business that has the ability to provide education and entertainment to residents and visitors while generating business for existing restaurants and other complimentary businesses. While there are other children’s museums in Massachusetts, it would be a unique addition to the North Shore.”