Weekdays + Saturdays
First Floor Exhibits
What makes your body work? Balancing, flexing, weighing and measuring will tell you! Plus, climb to a mountain peak on our rock climbing wall and watch your skeleton move along with Mr. Bones on our exercise bike. Your body is an amazing machine.
Based on the popular, science-based TV show, observe, hypothesize and experiment in our Fetch! Zone. Explore the world of magnets, light and much more through problem solving activities and games.
Explore ways to keep your community, home and yourself safe. Dial 911, talk to an operator, hop into an emergency vehicle to help someone in the community or practice stop, drop and roll. Become a Safety Inspector and keep your home free from danger by looking at what is safe and unsafe in the kitchen. Discover personal safety and how to manage feelings and emotions.
Lift off the ground and hoist away on a pulley, test your strength with the cantilever and explore inclines and ramps with our Gator Pull. Look inside a simple machine and see the amazing gears that make them go.
Times Picayune Theatre
Enjoy a story-time reading of our book of the week, video presentations and more in this amphitheatre-style space! The Theatre is also home to Stuffee, our one-of-a-kind ambassador of health. Daily Stuffee Shows teach children about internal organs and the digestive tract.
Second Floor Exhibits
Merieult House of the Historic New Orleans Collection
Step inside the recreated courtyard of one of New Orleans’ oldest buildings – the Merieult House of the Historic New Orleans Collection. Go back in time and enter a 1790s New Orleans courtyard to discover how people in New Orleans lived and how courtyards supported everyday life!
Shop for coffee, flour and more in the General Store. Tend to the livestock. Use a washboard to clean the laundry then hang it in the courtyard to dry. Plant a vegetable garden and harvest the ingredients needed to prepare the family meal.
The Merieult House was one of a few buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1794, which destroyed more than 200 structures in the French Quarter. Visit the real Merieult House at 533 Royal Street where you can take a look at the home’s architectural details and learn more about one of New Orleans’ oldest buildings and Jean Francois Merieult.
Spark your creativity in Art Trek, the LCM’s working art studio where daily encounters explore a multitude of media and techniques including: drawing, painting, sculpture, screen printing, collage and more!
Talk and Play Center
Walk into the story of The Cajun Little Red Riding Hood and start your own adventure! Explore Cypress root tunnels, dress-up and perform a play, read quietly in several reading nooks, recite rhymes, make music, enjoy a story on the Lily Pond and so much more!
This special “green” space encourages children to join in play while strengthening early childhood needs of language and literacy development.
New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home Architecture Exhibit
Learn how a city grows and develops in our innovative architecture exhibit. Design columns, build strong walls, power an electric light and fan, find the strongest shape used in construction and learn about life in a Shotgun Home and Creole Cottage. Work on a drafting board and design your own home.
Eye to Eye
Dr. Peeper wants to see you! Come sit in his exam chair and have your eyes checked with a phoropter. Ever wondered what other animals see when they look at you?
Put your eyes through the eyes of a honeybee, rabbit, hawk, cat, pit viper and catfish. Walk through the anatomy of your amazing eyes in our life-size model and test how fast you can see. Finish your experience by tricking your eyes in the Hall of Illusions.
Even little ones have a place to climb, crawl and explore in an enclosed area filled with brightly colored toys, games, books, a pretend kitchen and more.
Toddler Time is a weekly program held in First Adventures that supports the social, emotional, motor and communication development of children at the museum ages 0-3 years through age appropriate activities.
Toddler Time is every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Cooks, servers, customers and maitre d’s abound in our spectacular Kids’ Café. Be a server or a cook. Take an order from the menu, prepare it in the kitchen and serve it to a table of friendly customers. Maybe you’ll be a host that greets customers and seats them at the counter or fancy table.
Little Port of New Orleans
What five ships are found in the Port of New Orleans? In our Little Port you will discover the ships that are coming and going and follow the cargo that arrives from other countries. Crawl through crates and explore the cargo that ships carry.
Enjoy the luxuries of a cruise ship and serve up something yummy in the galley kitchen. Steer the Miss Lizzie Sue and Miss Britt and load the cargo with our crane. Stop by the Julia Street Warehouse where you can practice loading ships and check their balance to make sure they don’t tip or sink
Little Winn Dixie Grocery Store
Shop til you drop in our kid-size Winn Dixie Grocery Store. Use the food pyramid to select healthy foods or plan out your menu for dinner. Roll your grocery cart through the cash register lane and become a clerk. Be a grocery store stock boy and place items back on shelves! What will you buy today?