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10 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
651-225-6000
Admission: $ 12.95
Regular Admission $12.95; Museum Members: Free; Children Under Age 1: Free; Third Sundays are Free
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed Holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.
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Minnesota Children's Museum

It's been quite a ride, but the Minnesota Children's Museum has done a complete overhaul while still preserving the integrity of its mission.

Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The Museum helps to instill a lifelong love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future.

-MN Children's Museum Website

With  brand new exhibits and updated classics, I guarantee that your kids AND you will have a blast!

New Exhibits at Minnesota Children's Museum

While we were there on a testing day, we had the ability to check out some of the newest exhibits. The museum gutted everything and started from scratch, so while they still have Our World, you won't find it on the 2nd floor.

The Scramble

  • Minnesota Children's MuseuemClimbing up to the top
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFunnel Slide
  • Minnesota Children's museumLook, Mom!
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumThe Scramble
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumAt the top

The Scramble is the Minnesota Children's Museum's  extreme indoor playground.  It extends from the 1st floor to the 4th floor and is approximately 44 ft tall. Everything is big enough for adults to utilize the space, but extremely safe for the toddliest member of your family.  • Best Feature: A staircase from top to bottom so parents can reach their kids quickly if necessary. • 2nd Best Feature: In three words: The Funnel Slide.

Super Awesome Adventures 

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumGreen Screen Fun!
  • Great space for middle grade kids.

Super Awesome Adventures is the place where creativity and large motor skills collide. Build an ultimate balance beam or sneak through the ninja course.  • Best Feature: Strap sliders on your feet, put on a helmet, and swoosh down classic-shaped skatepark obstacles (no half pipes, though). • 2nd Best Feature: A climbing wall/green screen combination

Creativity Jam

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumThis is the first stage of his double slide
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFFTC is EVERYWHERE!
  • Children's MuseumCreativity Jam begins with a creative face.

Creativity Jam was once a traveling exhibit that came and went on the whim of the Minnesota Children's Museum, but now it is a permanent feature that combines sticker joy with face paint joy, music joy, and building/engineering joy. • Best Feature: It's so hard to choose, but I think it's got to be the face paint station with adjustable mirrors on a long table for many kids  to use at the same time (unlike the cart in the past). • 2nd Best Feature: Building station.  The blocks they use are super unique and really fun.

Imaginopolis

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumVisiting our Imagination
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumCreative Play at work
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumEnter the Noodle Forest

Imaginopolis is home to creative play with simple lines and shapes.  It's a somewhat empty place for your imagination to go wild.  The lights are dimly lit and in one corner is the Noodle Forest.  • Best Feature: The Noodle Forest.  It's fun to enter and it's a cozy little space. • 2nd Best Feature:  The simplicity of the space. I can see my 10 year old loving this place with a couple of friends.  They would create a whole story of a new world.

Forces at Play

Minnesota Children's Museum

Sprouts

Minnesota Children's Museum

Our World

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumWhat is better than a wall of buttons?
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumBoys at Work
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFirefighter to the rescue! Outta my way!

The Studio/Backyard/Tip Top Terrace

The Studio was updated with more than simple visual arts projects.  Try your hand a sewing or sculpting or painting, etc.  The Tip Top Terrace is a seasonal exhibit on the tip top of the museum to view St. Paul, make a little music, or draw.  The Backyard is a brand new exhibit that includes a bird's nest for your little birdies and "earthy" activities.


Minnesota Children's Museum

The first kid to ever go down The Scramble! And on his BIRTHDAY!

Tips from the Minnesota Children's Museum Website

  •  If you park in the World Trade Center Ramp, bring your ticket for validation because 3 Hours is $5
  • Socks are REQUIRED in The Scramble
  • Kids might get wet in Forces at Play and Sprouts 

*Pictures used with permission

Free Third Sundays at Minnesota Children's Museum
Third Sundays are free at MCM courtesy of Target. Interestingly, the museum's expansion has actually reduced its capacity. Therefore, they expect lines on Free Third Sundays to be worse than in the past. It will likely be crowded. 

Birthday Parties at Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children's MuseumChildren's Museum offers staff-directed birthday parties that include set up, clean up and entrance into the galleries. There are two levels, the basic Monster Celebration Party is meant for a smaller, more active group of children that wants to spend their time playing and exploring the museum independent. It includes and ice cream treat and admission for up to 6 guests.

  • Members: $50, $8.95 per additional guest
  • Non-Members: $100, $16.95 per additional guest

The Monster Celebration Plus Party includes admission for more guest and a reserved table in the party room. Includes admission for up to 15 guests.

  • Members: $250, $8.95 per additional guest
  • Non- Members: $300, $8.95 per additional guest

Learn more online or by calling 651-225-6000 to reserve your party today! For this and other birthday party ideas, we have created FFTC's Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.

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