About Minnesota Children’s Museum
We Promote the Vital Role of Play in Child Development
Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to sparking children’s learning through play. Our vision: “Kids play more. Adults do, too. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.”
The museum, which first opened in 1981 and moved to downtown St. Paul in 1995, serves more than 500,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul and Rochester, and reaches thousands more across the state through Smart Play Spots, Storyland exhibit and other programs.
The museum completed a $30 million expansion and renovation at its flagship location in St. Paul in June 2017.
Through immersive exhibits and programs, the museum emphasizes play as a critical ingredient in every child’s development.
The museum is consistently rated as one of the top children’s museums in the country by national media outlets such as Forbes and Parents and was named as a finalist for an Institute of Museum and Library Services Medal of Service, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries.
As the nation’s leading developer of traveling children’s museum exhibits, the museum is a trailblazer in creating immersive learning environments, reaching more than 10 million children and adults in the United States, Canada and Mexico through the nation’s largest collection of children’s traveling exhibits.
Named one of 15 Best Children’s Museums in the United States by Parents magazine