About Minnesota Children’s Museum

We Promote the Vital Role of Play in Child Development

Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to sparking children’s learning through play. Our vision: “Kids play more. Adults do, too.  We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.”

The Museum, which first opened in 1981 and moved to downtown St. Paul in 1995, serves more than 460,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul, Rochester and Mall of America, and reaches thousands more across the state through Smart Play Spots, Storyland exhibits and other programs.

Through immersive exhibits and programs, the museum emphasizes play as a critical ingredient in every child’s development. This coming year is a monumental one for us as we break ground in fall 2015 on an expansion and renovation project that will bring to life the latest research in early childhood development through all-new galleries. The museum will remain open during most of the construction period with a phased construction schedule bringing changes throughout the year.

The museum is consistently rated as one of the top children’s museums in the country by national media outlets such as Forbes and Parents and was named as a finalist for an Institute of Museum and Library Services Medal of Service, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.

As the nation’s leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits, the museum is a trailblazer in creating immersive learning environments, reaching more than 10 million children and adults in the United States, Canada and Mexico through the nation’s largest collection of children’s traveling exhibits.

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Named one of 15 Best Children’s Museums in the United States by Parents magazine

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