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Minnesota Children's Museum


photo of child playing in Our World

photo of children playing in Our World

photo of child playing in Our World

Our World

Check out what's new in Our World!

A mini reflection of Minnesota's diverse neighborhoods awaits and includes immersive, community-building experiences children love. Our World emphasizes pretend play, where children are encouraged to organize and carry out specific roles, while bounding from door to door and imagining the possibilities.

Whether shopping at the market or visiting the doctor’s office, children have opportunities to take on responsible, adult-like roles, and become whoever they want to be.  

Playing in Our World contributes to the development of essential life-long skills such as:

  • Creative Thinking when cooking up a storm and trying out original recipes to serve customers at the restaurant.
  •  Control when taking on a new role, such as mail carrier, which builds empathy by highlighting the thoughts and feelings of others.  
  •  Collaboration when compromising with others to decide on who will be the driver and who will be the passenger on the bus (and for how long!).

See photos of Our World on our Flickr site or watch a video about this gallery on YouTube.

Check out these books related to the Our World gallery:

  • Hope by Isabell Monk
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott
  • Tortillas and Lullabies by Lynn Reiser

Voted BEST INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT for babies & preschoolers by MN Parent magazine
Voted TOP 10 BEST CHILDREN'S MUSEUM in the United States

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