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 Jan. 11, 2021 – Minnesota Children’s Museum will reopen to the public on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Due to statewide restrictions, we will be operating at a very limited capacity and requiring all visitors, including members, to make a reservation. We expect reservations to fill fast, so please plan ahead. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance at

Thanks so much for your flexibility, patience and understanding.

Updated Dec. 17, 2020 – Due to an extension of Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay Safe MN order, the museum will remain closed for the time being. We will reopen and welcome visitors back once the governor gives the order allowing us to do so.

Updated Nov. 18, 2020 – The museum will be closed for four weeks starting Saturday, Nov. 20, under the latest Stay Safe MN order from Gov. Tim Walz.

Our organization is committed to supporting efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have welcomed visitors since Aug. 1, 2020, with health and safety precautions in place. We anticipate reopening in December with those precautions still in place.

If you are a museum member, please know how much we appreciate you. We intend to extend your membership to cover the period of the closure and to ensure that your family gets to enjoy a full 12 months of an open museum. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide membership refunds at this time.

Even with the museum closing again due to the pandemic, we’re here to support you as best we can. We will provide resources for parents to help keep their kids playing, learning and growing.

We ask for your support. The pandemic has put us in a dire financial situation. We are a nonprofit organization that relies on ticket sales, memberships and other sources to provide the experiences and programs that Minnesotans know and love.

You can play a part in keeping the museum as strong as possible. If you’re able, please help us continue sparking children’s learning through play for many more years to come.

UPDATED July 21 – When the museum opens Aug. 1, all visitors (including members) must have an advance reservation.

Please do not visit the museum without a reservation.

The museum is requiring reservations as a way to manage capacity. We encourage guests to stay at least six feet away from other visitor groups.

Tickets are $14.95 for ages 1 to 101 and free to members. Note to members: Your memberships have been automatically extended so that you will receive a full 12 months of an open museum.

After you book your tickets, please arrive no more than 10 minutes before or after your scheduled time. Plan on staying no more than three hours.

Masks required: Please bring your own masks. They are required for all visitors age 5 and older and encouraged for children ages 2 to 4.

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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, 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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