Exciting changes are coming to Minnesota Children’s Museum. We’re building a bigger, better and bolder museum. Families will play, explore and learn together like never before.

A Bold New Museum, Powered by Play

10 Permanent
Exhibits

  • Four-story climbing structure
  • Two maker exhibits
  • Expanded toddler gallery
  • Two outdoor spaces
  • Water and air play space

More
Amenities

  • Café with coffee bar
  • Skyway-level entrance and box office
  • Another elevator
  • More bathrooms
  • Renovated party and event spaces

Powerful
Play

  • Open-ended, child-directed play
  • Space and freedom to explore
  • Experiences that cultivate essential skills

Expansion Timeline

•  December 2015 – Construction begins
•  August 2016 – Forces at Play in the 3M Gallery opens; all old exhibits retired
•  Dec. 5, 2016 – St. Paul museum temporarily closes to complete construction
•  June 2017 – New museum opens

•  December 2015 – Construction begins
•  August 2016 – Forces at Play in the 3M Gallery opens; all old exhibits retired
•  Dec. 5, 2016 – St. Paul museum temporarily closes to complete construction
•  June 2017 – New museum opens

FAQs
St. Paul Museum Reopens in June

Our museum in St. Paul will reopen in June instead of April as planned.

Dates for grand opening events will be announced soon.

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Why is the reopening delayed?

The delay is related to construction of The Scramble, a four-story climbing structure featuring towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk. The delay became unavoidable when a specialized contractor that was fabricating The Scramble went out of business.

A new contractor is now in place and work has resumed, but the disruption caused a delay. We are working hard to ensure that The Scramble is everything we’ve dreamed it would be, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety.

Why doesn’t the museum reopen without The Scramble?

The museum is not able to reopen during installation of The Scramble, mainly because the installation and related construction will have a big effect on other parts of the building.

  • A new central staircase running from the ground floor to the 4th floor will not be accessible during much of the installation period.
  • Staging for installation of The Scramble gets in the way of completing another ground floor gallery called Super Awesome Adventures.
What is The Scramble?

The Scramble is a four-story climbing adventure that will occupy a new glass addition in the front of the museum along West Seventh Street.

Kids will activate their brains and brawn as they go up, down and through The Scramble. Using their bodies to solve problems and tackle challenges, they will climb and clamber up two towers and whoosh down a spiral slide.

The most daring scramblers will tumble and bounce on a netted catwalk suspended more than 40 feet high.

In The Scramble, children will learn to take responsible risks while they build confidence and develop endurance, balance and motor skills.

What’s happening with museum memberships during the closure?

To help make up for the delay, the museum will extend Passport and above memberships by two months — obviously at no cost to member families. Members don’t need to do anything to get this extension. It will happen automatically.

Memberships remains active while the St. Paul museum is closed, which means members can visit our Mall of America® and Rochester locations for free and take advantage of discounts at our partner attractions.

Are you going to keep the Mall of America location open longer?

We opened the Mall of America© location as a temporary “pop up” play space. This location will close as planned in late April. Unfortunately, the museum is not able to extend the run of the Mall of America© location.

What about the annual Play for All Ball that was planned for April?

The Play for All Ball, which was planned for April 21 at the museum, will be rescheduled. The event will be held at the museum. A new date will be announced soon.

What’s the new museum going to be like?

Everyone’s going to have fun, that’s for sure. This is our first major renovation since we opened our downtown St. Paul museum in 1995. Children and adults alike will delight in our 10 new exhibits and enjoy a variety of new amenities.

A glass addition along West Seventh Street will house The Scramble, a four-story climbing adventure. Elsewhere in the new museum, visitors will delight in an updated mini-Minnesota town, get creative in a maker workshop and engineer their own fun in an air-and-water exhibit.

Families also will enjoy a bigger toddler gallery and step out into a revamped rooftop and backyard. Kids will craft their own adventures in a ninja-training course and a carpet skate park.

Plus, visitors will encounter a variety of new amenities, including a café with coffee bar, a skyway-level entrance and box office, another elevator and more bathrooms.

This will be play like it’s meant to be. Natural. Joyous. Genuine. Children will explore, experiment, try new things, test their limits, adapt and grow.

Each exhibit will help children develop the life skills they need to succeed throughout life — how to think creatively, make plans, analyze problems, tackle challenges, speak and listen, work as part of a team and more.

It’s a bigger, better and bolder Minnesota Children’s Museum.

What will the prices be when the museum reopens?
  • General admission tickets will cost $12.95 for ages 1 to 101.
  • Membership prices are $129 for Passport, $159 for Deluxe and $189 for Premier.
  • Early-Bird Special: New and current members who join or renew early get big discounts | Join Today | Renew Now
What about field trips and school groups?

The museum is unable to accommodate groups in May and June. Groups with reservations in May and June will be contacted for rescheduling or refunding.

Summer field trips will be available. | Booking Information

Can I book a birthday party at the museum?

The museum is unable to host reserved space birthday parties in May and June. Mini-parties without reserved space will be available once the museum opens in June.

Booking for birthday parties in July or later begins in May 2017 | More information

All-New Exhibits

The Scramble

Four-story climbing adventure with towers, slide and catwalk 40-feet high

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery

Engineer ping pong ball launchers and get scrubbing in the car wash

Sprouts

Larger exhibit for toddlers, with its own water play area

Creativity Jam | Target Gallery

A lively and energetic space where creativity roams free

The Studio | Target Gallery

Tinkering workshop with real tools and lots of materials

Super Awesome Adventures

Laser maze, carpet skating and green screen

Our World | Best Buy Gallery

Updated pretend town with fire station, post office and food truck

Imaginopolis

Build your own story in this abstract play space

Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery

On the rooftop, experience the sights and sounds of the city

Backyard

New outdoor space; sensory activities with natural materials

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