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COVID-19 Information for Visitors

Since our founding nearly 40 years ago, Minnesota Children’s Museum has been committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff members and volunteers.

UPDATED July 7 – Minnesota Children’s Museum is planning to reopen on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 25 percent capacity.

Our staff have been closely reviewing guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, working to get the museum ready and putting safety measures into place.

Here’s what you need to know before you visit.

  • The museum will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All visitors, including museum members, must reserve tickets in advance for a specific day and time ($14.95 per person for non-members. Free for members.)
  • Ticket reservations will begin in mid-July
  • All visitors age 5 and older must wear masks (please bring your own)
  • Signs and other cues will encourage visitors to practice social distancing

Learn more about the safety measures we have put in place to make your visit as safe as possible.

UPDATED March 24 – Minnesota Children’s Museum will be closed until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, we will continue to serve the community by sharing play-at-home tips and other resources to help families cope during this crisis.

The museum’s closure puts us in a dire financial situation. The museum is a nonprofit organization that relies on ticket sales, memberships and other sources to operate. This closure comes during our busiest season, making the impact all the more severe.

We have taken immediate steps to put the organization in the best position to be able to re-open when it’s safe to do so. These measures have been heartbreaking and there are no guarantees it will be enough without support from our community.

If you’re able, please help us preserve the museum by becoming a member, renewing your membership or donating today. We remain hopeful that together we can continue sparking children’s learning through play for many more years to come.


UPDATED March 13- Minnesota Children’s Museum will be closed from Saturday, March 14 through Friday, March 27 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and the community.

Closing the museum is not an action we took lightly. It was a decision we made in accordance with recommendations from local public health officials to practice social distancing, including staying away from crowds. All of the museum’s scheduled events over this two-week closure will be rescheduled or canceled.

At this time, the museum is not aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus connected to the museum.

The organization will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow the guidance of public health agencies. The latest museum news and updates will be made to our website and social media channels.

People can reach museum staff with questions or comments at 651-225-6000, mcm@mcm.org or via Facebook messenger (@minnesotachildrensmuseum).


POSTED March 10- Our organization is closely monitoring developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking specific actions to help prevent the potential spread of this illness.

Additional Cleaning

When news about coronavirus emerged, our staff worked with industry experts to review the museum’s well-established and robust procedures for cleaning and disinfecting our spaces. We have since stepped up our cleaning efforts in a number of ways:

  • Custodians and other staff members are cleaning more areas more often during the day
  • We’ve added heavier duty disinfecting products for use in our sanitation routines
  • More frequent cleaning of hard props and laundering of costumes

Experience Changes

In addition, we’ve made a few changes to our experiences. In light of recommendations from health experts that people should minimize touching their faces, we have temporarily removed the Paint Your Own Face experience. We also have removed hats and goggles from exhibits that provide costumes.

Visitor Precautions

The museum is asking our visitors to take the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The museum has bathrooms with sinks and soap on every floor.
  • Use the hand-sanitizing stations located throughout the museum.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid visiting if you or someone in your family is ill.
  • Place any dirty props in the special receptacles in the exhibits.

Staff Focus

The museum also is taking steps focused on our staff:

  • Urging any staff member who feels ill to stay home.
  • Encouraging staff to wash their hands frequently during their work day.
  • Distributing additional disinfectant materials for staff to use at their work stations and in meeting spaces.

A Welcoming Environment

Minnesota Children’s Museum welcomes families of all backgrounds and we serve a diverse audience. We fully support the Minnesota Department of Health in urging everyone to avoid “showing prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assuming that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19.”

Resources for Families

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