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Minnesota Children's Museum

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Address: 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
Phone Number:
+1 651-225-6000
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Kids play more. Adults do, too. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more...

Kids play more. Adults do, too. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.

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 pretend town, get creative in two maker workshops 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.

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.

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Fun for the kids

This is a great place for kids to run around and explore. They have different rooms with enjoy. They have a simulation car wash where kids can wash parts of a car and play at... read more

Reviewed 20 November 2016
Dave L
Thunder Bay, Canada
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for kids to run around and explore. They have different rooms with enjoy. They have a simulation car wash where kids can wash parts of a car and play at water tables and with bubbles which my daughter loved. They have a Thomas the train area where the kids can pretend to work as a... More 

Thank Dave L
Minnesota Child... M, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Make sure to visit again once our expansion is complete! 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 space More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

Thank you MCM! We love visiting the museum when we travel to Minn. We visited in June and then again on November 2nd. Even though it is not complete our 4 year old managed to spend 5 (yes 5) hours there in pure bliss. All of the exhibits that were there in June have been replaced with new exhibits and... More 

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North Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

I took my granddaughter to see the "Thomas the Train" exhibit. First surprise, they don't give a senior discount. I was aware of the construction and knew we were only going to see the 1st and 3rd floor. I found the third floor, to be extremely cold. The blowing cold air never stopped. Many parents were also discussing the cold... More 

Thank Pam988
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Wonderful place for kids especially helpful with the cold weather of Minnesota and needing to get kids out. Very educational and fun experience with so many things to do

Thank Maryam F
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We were drawn to this museum to see the Thomas exhibit. Thomas was a huge hit for both my 3 and 1 year old, but the rest of the museum was great too. We traveled here from Madison, Wi, we were not disappointed. They are building a new section of the museum, opening I believe spring 2017, it looks another... More 

Thank Blackbirdrn
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We love the children's museum. There is something for everyone, and the exhibits are fun and offer a nice variety. I look forward to seeing the new and improved museum after construction is completed.

Thank Lauren G
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My Granddaughters 1st visit to the children's museum and she loved it great Staff and alot to do even though i would have liked the mall of america better for curious George Thomas the train was the theme here it was fun and ok but she's one and the construction downtown sucked anyway I am sure we will be visiting... More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Not sure if construction had anything to do with it but it was very small and not much to do or look at. Basically a small in door playground for $40 for family of 4. Would have rather went to the MN history museum which has more and is free.

Thank klvitela
Minnesota Child... M, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit. Would you like to speak to our visitor services manager at 651-225-6000? We do understand the construction is challenging for visitors. We are trying to make everyone's experience as positive as possible. More 

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We are from out of town and went knowing many of the areas were under construction. We loved it! The areas that were open were fun and interactive. The staff and volunteers were so friendly, patient and were always interacting with the children. I can only imagine how amazing the museum will be once all of the exhibits are open.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This is fun place to let kids explore and play! We went during early morning (10ish) and it was a bit crowded. It got better around lunch time as parents left with their younger kids. Lots of hands on and creative activities!

2 Thank Tammie P

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