Frequently Asked Questions
Is The Magic House designed for a specific age level?
The Magic House is fun for everyone, from 1 to 101! The museum offers exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages, from adults to teens to toddlers. Infants enjoy For Baby & Me, an exhibit area inspired by nursery rhymes. Preschoolers love A Little Bit of Magic, a learning environment with a Texture Tunnel, Puppet Wall, Sand Play and a wet and wonderful playground, WaterWorks. Children in the elementary grades especially like the Children's Village, a kid-sized community with a market, bank, library, garage and even a fishing pond. Older children enjoy Can You Solve the Mystery?, where they become detectives to solve an art forgery crime; and the Star-Spangled Center, a civic education center with a courtroom, legislative chamber and the Oval Office, where any kid can be president.
What is the best time to visit The Magic House?
Any time is a great time to visit The Magic House! On weekends and in the summer, early mornings and late afternoons are usually the least crowded. During the school year, the museum is closed to the public on weekday mornings to accommodate school field trip programs, so afternoon is a good time to visit. On school days, special areas of the museum open at 10:30 am for preschoolers and their special adults.
How long is a visit?
The duration of a visit to The Magic House varies depending on the ages of the children. Most families allow two to four hours to visit.
What are museum hours?
Please see Plan Your Visit.
Where can I park?
Parking at The Magic House is free and available in the large lot behind the museum. During the summer and on weekends, additional parking is available at Nipher Middle School next door and Concordia Lutheran Church across the street. Parking may also be available on neighboring streets.
Is food service available?
The museum’s Picnic Basket Cafe offers a wide selection of healthy and delicious sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as wholesome snacks, sides and beverages. The Star Kids’ menu includes a child-sized sandwich on whole wheat bread with an apple, yogurt or chips and a drink.
Can I bring my own food into the museum? Are picnic facilities available?
Families can bring food to the museum’s outdoor Garden Pavilion and Waterfall Patio, weather permitting. These facilities are available on a first come, first serve basis. Outside food is not allowed within the museum or Picnic Basket Cafe.
Are strollers allowed?
Visitors are welcome to bring strollers to The Magic House. Please note that the museum does not rent strollers. Elevators and ramps are located throughout the museum to accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.
How do I schedule a birthday party?
Please see Birthday Parties.
How do I purchase a membership?
Please see Membership.
Does The Magic House offer programs for Scouts?
Please see Scout Programs.
We are interested in making a donation to The Magic House, who should we contact?
Thank you for considering a gift to The Magic House. There are many ways to give to The Magic House, but ultimately all donations support the museum's mission. To learn more about how you can donate visit the support the museum page or contact the Development Office 314-822-8900.
How do I request a donation from The Magic House for a charity?
The Magic House only considers donation requests from nonprofit organizations whose mission is to enhance the lives of children. Please see About Us or send your request on the organization’s official letterhead to:
Attention: Donation Request
516 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122