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Minnesota Children's Museum

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Address: 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
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+1 651-225-6000
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09:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

This place is temporarily closed due to renovation.

Kids play more. Adults...

This place is temporarily closed due to renovation.

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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One of the best children's museums ever!

If you have kids in the Twin Cities area, this is a must-do for you! Both our kids (8 and 4) found so much to keep them stimulated and interested. Their favorites: the water... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

If you have kids in the Twin Cities area, this is a must-do for you! Both our kids (8 and 4) found so much to keep them stimulated and interested. Their favorites: the water tables and bubble stations, the block factory, and the kid-sized ant farm.

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. Delighted to hear some of the highlights of your playful visit. ~ Liz D. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

We brought our twin 5 year-old girls on a Friday and they had lots of fun. Lots of different activities and the right amount of space so it wasn't crowded but was easy to keep track of their locations. Each of the levels had something different for them to experience. The volunteers were all very helpful and were interested in... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. We're so glad you had a playful visit! ~ Liz D. More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We had a blast. We are the grandparents and went with our daughter, her husband and our 3 grandchildren (22, 8, and 1yo...yes, you read that correctly). We are already all thrilled with our family and don't get to see each other as much as we'd like and spending the afternoon at the Children's Museum was the cherry on top!... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the the time to review the Museum. Happy to hear the Museum was the cherry on top of your family day! ~ Liz D. More 

Holmen, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

3 levels of exploration & fun. I think the adults had just as much fun as the kids (ages 0-6) did! This museum has so many cool features, it is definitely worth the $10 admission price (Google search for coupons and we found $2 off). Their water exploration area kept my son & husband busy for an hour. The top... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. Glad to hear you had such a playful visit! ~ Liz D. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

if you have a special needs child, run far, far away! This place is sensory overload and there aren't any quiet places to find, especially on a weekend.

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. We’re sorry to hear you had a less then positive experience during your recent visit. We agree that the current Museum can be overly stimulating and took that into consideration with the design of the new Museum. We are beginning our expansion and renovation project this fall and we have hired an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

I brought my 13 month old daughter here after having recently visited the Science Center in Birmingham, which she LOVED. I expected Minnesota to have a leg up on Alabama, but was very disappointed. The area dedicated to children under 4 is full of stairs, ramps, and uneven footing with just a few stuffed animals to play with. For a... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum. We’re sorry to hear you had a disappointing visit. At the heart of what we do at Minnesota Children’s Museum are the children – what fascinates them, their curiosity, creativity and imagination. Habitiot®, one of the galleries you visited with your daughter, was created especially for the Museum’s youngest learners.... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2015

This Children's museum has a ton of things to do with quite a bit of interactive options, including a creative craft room. The kids loved the human-sized ant hill.

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Thank Thompsonian
MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. Glad to hear your enjoyed the ant hill in Earth World! ~ Liz D. More 

Moorhead, Minnesota
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

We really enjoyed the Musuem! We parked at the World Trades Center Parking, as suggested and walked over via the skywalks. Our boys explored all of the rooms and we enjoyed them all. At the end we told them we would head to the snackbar and giftshop only to find the gift shop was closing and had very little. The... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum. Kid Spark, the Museum's store, is closing on August 2 to make room for other uses during our expansion. Look for a new café and a coffee bar after the completion of our expansion and renovation project. Thank you for your food suggestions as well; we will keep them in... More 

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

My children have enjoyed playing here for years. It is especially a nice break on a cold day. Their favorite place is the building area with the crane you can try and the water area. Beware the museum can become too crowded especially on their free Sunday each month. I have also been disturbed by daycare groups that do not... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. ~ Liz D. More 

Ontario
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108 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

The kids, 2 & 4, both gave this attraction two thumbs up. Everything is geared to kids and they were very comfortable exploring what the museum had to offer. Everything was very clean and organized too. My only complaint would be the washrooms. There weren't enough which resulted in wait times and dancing kids. However, I was impressed when we... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum. ~ Liz D. More 

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