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“Could have been much better.”

Children's Hands-On Museum
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Tuscaloosa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa! CHOM, where children Explore, Create, and Discover each time they visit. When we say "hands-on" we mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you're encouraged to touch, feel, and play your way through our award winning museum. In 25 exhibits CHOM offers newborns through age 12 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, daily early childhood programs, events, holiday celebrations, state curriculum specific field trips and parties all wait for you at CHOM! Visit soon! Join over 73,000 visitors each year who know we're the BEST for family fun! CHOM is a 30 year old non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing dynamic leaning experiences.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We visited with my children ages 4 and 1. This museum claims to be hands on, but so much of the stuff isn't hands on or at least you're not free to explore it without a volunteer breathing down your back. It was like their stuff wasn't sturdy enough to be a children's museum and they were constantly worried someone was going to break it. They also reuse hairnets in the hospital part downstairs. Absolutely disgusting. My kids had fun, but they have a lot more fun at places like McWane in Birmingham where they aren't treated like they are constantly doing something wrong.

Thank Jennifer V
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chomcharlotte, Executive Director at Children's Hands-On Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you for taking time to review your visit, and for your comments. We're very sorry you had a bad experience at CHOM and feel our play helpers were much too hands on in their attempts to be available. After reading your review we will be sure to meet with both volunteers and staff to remind them that although a large number of our visitors want their participation and assistance, there are also a great many who wish to play with their children without any assistance at all. It's difficult to know what exhibits are being referred to as not sturdy since assuredly our exhibits are built for hands-on play, but we do have museum rules concerning climbing, running, care and safety and perhaps this was a problem. Although we do not have any hairnets in our museum at all (we even removed all hats from our attic dress up exhibit in 2010), you may be referring to disposable surgical caps available in our hospital exhibit. It's important to note that we absolutely do not reuse the surgical caps in our hospital exhibit. The surgical caps are purchased from a medical supply company, disposable, and displayed in the manufacture's dispenser box, with a trash container placed there for visitors to throw away caps after play. Even paper soda jerk hats in our drug store exhibit are disposable because we are committed to healthy conditions for the thousands of children and families who visit. We do hope you'll visit us again and have a more positive experience.

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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

The workers here are fabulous. They went out of their way to play with my children. They were very friendly and educated us in every exhibit. The art was fun specially when the workers are so great with the kids and educated them during the art. We go to this place all of the time and I have never had a poor experience.

Thank fallonevans
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chomcharlotte, Executive Director at Children's Hands-On Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for your review! The staff and volunteers love their work and really create wonderful experiences for kids! I'll pass along your comments to them. Hope you visit again soon! Today (Fridays) is movie day, with popcorn and showings of The Pagemaster. Tomorrow join us for National Ratcatcher's Day with search for "rats" and prizes all day!

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Visited here while my in-laws were in town. My kids, 3 and 1, truly enjoyed themselves. Plenty of things that were age appropriate to keep them entertained. Plan to visit again.

Thank ashnot
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chomcharlotte, Executive Director at Children's Hands-On Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you so much for taking time to review us! We're thrilled you had a great visit!

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Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the CHOM when in town for he day. We had a 2 year old and a 4 year old. They thoroughly enjoyed the different hands on stations from harvesting produce, milking a cow and fishing/boating. There are also costumes available for dress up but we didn't try any of that. The girls totally loved it all and the adults loved seeing all of the antiques and historical photos.

Thank 2Bares
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chomcharlotte, Executive Director at Children's Hands-On Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

We're so glad you all enjoyed your visit! The exhibits you mentioned are wonderful for a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Other exhibits are waiting for them as they grow older, too. On June 5th we opened our third level - Wild 'n' Crazy GameZ - for the summer with skee ball, ping pong, air hockey and more. It's open through August 1st. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

My daughter loved this place when she was younger. Her favorite was the Japanese house. I recommend it for anyone with small children, they will enjoy it. Tuscaloosa doesn't have a lot to offer that is similar.

Thank Dave W
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chomcharlotte, Executive Director at Children's Hands-On Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you for your review! If your daughter is under 13 years there are other fun exhibit experiences she may enjoy. We opened the third level for summer on June 5th - the Wild 'n' Crazy GameZ level - with air hockey, skee ball, ping pong, basketball goal and more. It's a fun addition to other exhibits. Join us for daily activities and Saturday events! Each Friday during summer is movie and popcorn day and we're open until 7:30pm Hope to see you here again!

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