Attraction Spotlight: Minnesota Children's Museum

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:12am.

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Since 1981 Minnesota Children’s Museum provides a stimulating, hands-on environment for children to learn hands-on skills to be used in their future as adults.

Also part of the Museums mission is believing children’s first teachers are their families, lifelong learning is created with early learning, you enrich children with a wide perspective, children need to be allowed to be children and you learn through play.

Minnesota Children’s Museum History

Originating in downtown Minneapolis, Marialice Harwood, Kate Donaldson and Suzanne Payne opened the Minnesota wareHouse.  They held to their philosophy that there be no “Do Not Touch” signs.  They quickly out grew the location.

They moved to Bandana Square where attendance grew from 80,000 to 200,000 and they again needed a larger space by the early 1990’s.

In 1995 they moved the Museum to downtown St Paul with 65,000 square feet to explore.  As of today, the Museum has had more than 6 million children and their families visit and learn through play.

Three of the Most Popular Permanent Exhibits

  1. Rooftop ArtPark

An outdoor gallery where art and nature merge, children can use their imagination in the sandcove, climb a tree fort and dance with the shadows in the Shadow Dome. 

  1. Our World

This area provides community-building while reflecting Minnesota’s diverse and unique neighborhoods.  It encourages that the children learn cooperation, communication and connection in a world of excitement. 

  1. World Works

This area is for all ages to uncover secrets and uses observation skills and exploring to encourage problem-solving, investigating and experimenting all while hands-on.

Minnesota Children’s Museum Hours and Admission

The Minnesota Children's Museum is located at 10 West Seventh Street in St. Paul. It’s closed on Mondays and open from 9am to 4pm from Tuesday to Thursday, from 9am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $9.95 per person and museum member get in free.

There will not be a shortage of things to see and learn during your hands-on visit at the Museum with your children and family.

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