McKenna Children’s Museum breaks one-day visitation record, admitting more than 1,500 guests on St. Patrick’s Day

May 1, 2023: St. Patrick’s Day was a lucky charm for the McKenna Children’s Museum.

The Museum, overseen by the McKenna Foundation, admitted 1,547 guests on March 17, breaking the one-day record for visitations.

The previous record before last week was 1,088 visitors, set on March 17, 2022.

The Museum broke the one-day record twice last week. The Museum saw 1,528 visitors on March 16 before surpassing that number the following day.

Attendance was strong each day with students from the Comal, New Braunfels and surrounding school districts out for spring break. The Museum admitted 912 guests on March 13, 931 on March 14, 966 on March 15 and 1,201 visitors on March 18.

Isabel Martinez, the Museum’s operations manager, said spring break is usually one of the busiest weeks for the Museum.

“I love it when people visit the Museum for the first time,” Martinez said. “I also love to see return visitors because that means they really like us. Breaking records is something me and my team are very proud of. I can’t wait to see what the summer brings.”

The new one-day attendance record comes after a year of record-breaking visitations in 2022. The Museum admitted 111,965 visitors in 2022, which surpassed the previous mark of 91,427, set in 2017.

At the Museum, children discover a world of art and creativity, science and technology, culture, health, and history, engaging with educational exhibits designed to stimulate learning and encourage information.

McKenna developed this unique hands-on experience to provide tools to help nurture a child’s well-being. Children explore in a safe and secure place while parents share in their child’s learning experience.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday and for major holidays.

Admission for children older than 12 months and adults is $8 per person. School visits are available during the school year. All children must be accompanied by an adult 16 and up.

For more information and a calendar of events of Museum activities, visit