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Minnesota Children's Museum


Photo from Storyland exhibit
Photo from Storyland II exhibit
Photo from Hopkins Library environment

Impacting More Children Across the State With Support from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Thanks to funding from the Legacy Amendment, Minnesota Children's Museum is able to fuel imagination, creativity and love of learning in more of Minnesota's children.

Arts and Cultural Heritage Funding from the State of Minnesota allows Minnesota Children’s Museum to pursue the following initiatives in FY14-15:

Expanded Arts and Access Programs at Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester

Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester will expand its reach in Southeastern Minnesota by implementing a new Play for All access program, providing free memberships to low-income families in Olmstead County; family nights for local community organizations and opportunities for school and community groups to attend through reduced admission and transportation stipends.

Legacy funding will also bring new exhibits and expanded programming to Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester, including several exhibits with a specific focus on arts or Minnesota’s cultural heritage as well as additional hands-on arts and creative programs.

Creativity Jam Exhibit 

Creativity Jam will engage Minnesota children and families in a changing line-up of large-scale creative arts projects and loose parts play. The exhibit, open October 2013 through January 2014 and again in the summer of 2014, will provide unique and exciting ways for families and school groups to engage with art-making and creative play. The exhibit will reach more than 250,000 adults and children over the two time periods, including more than 50,000 participants from the Museum’s Play for All program.

Click here to see a video of visitors tinkering in Creativity Jam.

Traveling Storyland Exhibit

The Museum continues touring the Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ exhibit, a hands-on early literacy exhibit created with Legacy funding in 2011. Based on three of the books featured in the large scale Storyland, the exhibit will complete a tour of 12 sites ending in May 2015.

Past, present and future host sites include:

  • West Learning Center, Worthington – 2011
  • Elk River Early Childhood Coalition, Elk River
  • Redwood Area Early Childhood Coalition, Redwood Falls
  • Ironwood Development Corporation, Chisholm
  • Duluth Public Library, Duluth Children’s Museum, Duluth
  • White Earth Tribal Council, Ogema
  • Becker County Historical Society, Detroit Lakes
  • Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester, Rochester – Current Venue
  • Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Moorhead (Opening October 5, 2013)
  • Marshall County Early Childhood Initiative, Argyle (Opening February 8, 2014)

FY12-FY13 Projects

In July 2011, Minnesota Children's Museum received a $1,000,000 appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment.

The following projects were made possible through the FY12 – FY13 appropriation:

Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester

In April 2012, Minnesota Children's Museum opened a satellite location in Rochester, where residents of this fast-growing region will experience playful learning opportunities for years to come. An appropriation from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund provided two years of start-up and operations costs for the 5,000 square foot Museum. In its most recent fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Minnesota Children's Museum welcomed a record 37,978 adults and children.

Traveling Storyland Exhibit - Greater Minnesota

The Museum developed and is currently touring a small version of the Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites exhibit throughout Greater Minnesota. This touring literacy exhibit based on three beloved childhood storybooks immerses children in interactive literacy learning and hands-on play, while providing messages to adults on developing pre-literacy skills.

Smart Play Spots

The Museum will also use Legacy funds to combine the best elements of children's museum experiences and community partnerships through the development and installation of Smart Play Spots in non-museum locations, such as libraries and community centers, throughout Greater Minnesota. The Museum has completed 17 environments across Minnesota, including the following eleven sites funded through Legacy support: 

Anoka County Library – Mississippi Branch, Fridley
Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids
Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud
Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park Library, Richfield
Owatonna Public Library, Owatonna
Maplewood Public Library, Maplewood
Rochester Public Library, Rochester
Scott County Library – Shakopee Branch, Shakopee
Washington County Public Library – R.H. Stafford Branch, Woodbury
White Earth Child Care/Early Childhood Program, White Earth Nation
Willmar Public Library, Willmar

About the Legacy Amendment

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This work is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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