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Minnesota Children's Museum

10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
+1 651-225-6000
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Kids (and I) disappointed in renovated museum

We were members before the renovation, and excitedly waited for the grand re-opening. I've been... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gypsymamma
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Minnesota
A disappointment

I read about the "bigger, better" museum yet we were unimpressed. We took my 11 year-old niece and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melshopper
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Fargo, North Dakota
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The Bigger, Better, Bolder Museum is Open! This is our first major renovation since we opened our downtown St. Paul museum in 1995. Children and adults alike delight in our 10 new exhibits and enjoy a variety of new amenities. A glass addition along West Seventh Street houses The Scramble, a four-story climbing adventure. Elsewhere in the new museum, visitors 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 enjoy a bigger toddler gallery and step out into a revamped rooftop and backyard. Kids craft their own adventures in a ninja-training course and a carpet skate park. This is 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 helps 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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were members before the renovation, and excitedly waited for the grand re-opening. I've been reading reviews here on TA and am so relieved that we are not the only ones highly disappointed in the changes. Both of my kids were very sad about the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I read about the "bigger, better" museum yet we were unimpressed. We took my 11 year-old niece and my 4 year-old nephew. They played in the Scramble, there is a post office exhibit, a car wash, a room to place stickers on (?), and a...More

1  Thank Melshopper
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with the new museum. We have taken a different approach that we understand may not appeal to everyone. The new exhibits focus on open-ended activities that put children and their imaginations in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely adored the old museum and came almost every weekend with our daughter, starting when she was about 6 months old. Now she's two and half, and we were so excited for her to explore the "new museum" (as she calls it), but we...More

2  Thank amberfagan2
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. There are definitely parts of the old museum we miss, as well. Prior to the expansion and renovation, the permanent exhibits were starting to show their age. Many had undergone few changes since the downtown St. Paul location opened...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

First time was after the remodel. Went there for a wedding reception and it was awesome. The views are amazing and just so many options for kids of all ages. My son was 4 at the time and he loves the store and the musical...More

Thank joy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the 2-year-old sweet little girl that I nanny for a nice little outing to the museum. It was one of the more stressful experiences I have ever had. The museum was packed full of kids much older than her to the point where...More

3  Thank JannaFitz
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We really hope you give us another chance. The museum is a wonderful place for children of all ages. Since we've reopened, the museum is extremely popular. If you change your mind, please consider returning on a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my 11 year old nephew last week and there were only two things he was even remotely interested in. If I had known that, I wouldn't have taken him here.

1  Thank Lynn S
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your experience. The museum is best for children 6 months through 5th grade. However, some tweens do enjoy themselves.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our daughter has been begging us to go back to the Minnesota Children's Museum ever since the remodel has been occurring. We have held off until today. I can't begin to say how disappointed I am with the new design. I am so frustrated that...More

1  Thank NorthStarState33
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. The new museum is entirely different from the old one. As you noted, we went in a completely different direction to promote open-ended play. The new exhibits focus on open-ended activities that put children and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the kids, (12,9,4) to the new meseum to check out the new exhibits. It. Was packed with daycares and families....... Which is to be expected. However, what caught me off guard was the cleanliness of the place. Way too many kids, but still kept...More

Thank shawn w
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! We work very hard to keep the museum clean. The museum is extremely popular now because we reopened in June. Generally afternoons are quieter than mornings and Friday and Saturday nights are fairly quiet in general.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before the museum went under renovation, I really liked it, the exhibits there were great! When the renovation was completed, this museum was getting boring with nothing to do. The only things I liked there were the car wash and Tip Top Terrace. I'll give...More

1  Thank Jack I
MNChildMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. We feel the new museum is best for kids through 5th grade. However, we have also heard from parents of tweens and young teens that their children enjoyed their experience.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you have the time I recommend visiting the Museum, and maybe take in a show. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Pam B
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Cassandra C
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Response from MNChildMuseum | Property representative |
Every third Sunday is free thanks to Target.
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Linda N
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Response from Jennifer W | Reviewed this property |
I think so for sure. My niece went when they were around that age. They spend a whole day :)
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