Special exhibit based on the hit animated film makes its Twin Cities debut

SAINT PAUL, MINN.  May 17, 2023 – “Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out,” the first interactive exhibit based on Disney and Pixar’s hit animated feature “Inside Out,” will make its Twin Cities debut when it opens at Minnesota Children’s Museum on May 20.

The exhibit is filled with interactive experiences that help visitors understand the important role emotions, memory and imagination play in our everyday lives. Hands-on and digital experiences focus on the five emotions featured in the award-winning film: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Children and families learn to recognize emotions and explore how we can express and manage our own emotions.

“This is a great time to offer families the opportunity to experience this fun and rewarding exhibit,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum. “We all know the past few years have been challenging for kids and caregivers, so we’re heartened to provide space for families to talk about emotional development in an approachable way and with characters they recognize and love.”

In this exhibit, visitors will:

  • Step into Headquarters to explore the range and intensity of emotions at the Control Panel
  • Explore some of the ways we show how we feel with our faces and bodies at the Emotions Mirrors
  • Think about an important memory and how it made them feel – or show how they’re feeling in the moment – by creating a glowing Memory Sphere
  • Use their imagination to create a story and perform it at Dream Productions
  • Work to keep the train on track – What feelings do you have when you control and balance the Train of Thought?
  • Explore how emotions work together as they stack and balance the Emotion Blocks

“Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out” will be open for play at Minnesota Children’s Museum from May 20 to Sept. 4 in the Special Exhibits Gallery on the fourth floor of the museum. Admission to the exhibit is included with general admission. Museum admission is $16 to $19 per person for ages 1 to 101. Museum members get in free. Tickets are available at https://mcm.org/tickets.

The exhibit is presented locally by United Healthcare. The exhibit was developed by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.


About Minnesota Children’s Museum
Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to sparking children’s learning through play. Our vision: “Kids play more. Adults do, too. All families thrive in a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.” The museum, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021, has provided playful learning experiences to more than 12 million visitors. The museum’s downtown St. Paul location features three floors of fun and 11 interactive exhibits. 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. Visit www.mcm.org for more information.

About Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 307, 000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. The Museum was voted one of the nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Contest in 2017, and named one of the nation’s fifteen top children’s museums by Parents Magazine in 2015. In April 2019, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Museum opened MuseumLab™, a new museum for older kids, in the former Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny next door. This project transformed a historic landmark on Pittsburgh’s North Side and completed what is now the nation’s largest cultural campus for children.

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” “Coco” and “Turning Red.” Its movies and technology have won 40 Academy Awards® and the films have grossed more than $14 billion at the worldwide box office. “Elemental,” Pixar’s upcoming 27th feature, releases in theaters June 16, 2023.

About “Inside Out”
Pixar’s hit animated feature “Inside Out” is the story of 11-year-old Riley, who like all of us, is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco as Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive. “Inside Out” was released in 2015.

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