Three Floors of Fun

Our exhibits spark children’s learning through play.
The experiences are open-ended, allowing children to explore, create and pursue their own interests.
Children build their brains and bodies during a visit to Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Travel back in time and discover what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Go face-to-face with the prehistoric world and meet dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Uncover clues about how these larger-than-life creatures lived and explore the hot and cold habitats where dinosaurs once roamed.

In the Field Research Station, step into the role of paleontologist by uncovering fossils with brushes and creating drawings of the dinosaur environment using fossil rubbings and tracings.

The steamy “Land of Fire” brings you to the prehistoric home of the Triceratops and T-Rex. Circle the land in an insect costume and buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, or work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.

No coats are needed for a trip across the “Land of Ice” where you’ll meet a Troodon and an Edmontosaurus, two dinosaurs that made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Climb the rocky steps, breeze down an icy slide and hop across stepping stones in an icy river.

Come explore the extraordinary world of dinosaurs!

The Scramble

Make your way up two different four-story climbers and test your courage on a 40-foot high catwalk. Whirl and whoosh back down on a giant spiral slide. Socks are required.

The Studio | Target Gallery

Express yourself through paint and colors! Grab an easel and paint your own masterpiece to take home, or paint directly onto a giant wooden house or collaborative art wall.

Creativity Jam | Target Gallery

Get creative with big and delightful blocks. The colorful interlocking pieces offer endless possibilities of large-scale creations. Children and adults show off their creative thinking.


Designed especially for toddlers, youngsters climb stairs, venture over a bridge and go down a slide before experimenting at a light table and splashing in a one-of-a-kind water table. Kids may get wet!


Get outside to check out plants, the queen ant from the previous version of Our World and a variety of sculptures made from unexpected objects.

Our World | Best Buy Gallery

Step into a pretend town with a post office, fire station, farmers market, hardware store and food stand. Kids take on new roles, try out new words, make friends and act out adventures.

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery

Spray and scrub a wacky vehicle in the car wash. Engineer your own play with ramps, tubes, balls and cars. Children build critical thinking by building and experimenting. Kids may get wet while playing. 

Super Awesome Adventures

Sneak your way through a laser maze. Try out the green screen climbing wall. Hop across a river of hot lava. Kids tell stories, create adventures and build large motor skills.


Star in your own space adventure. Fly a ship, crawl through tunnels and explore a satellite. Kids stretch their imaginations and build on each other’s stories.

Tip Top Terrace

Take in the sights and sounds of the city. Touch, smell and taste plants in the sensory garden. Play with light by turning a giant kaleidoscope. Paint with brushes and water.

Upcoming Exhibits

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