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!

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.

The Studio | Target Gallery

Express your thoughts and feelings through drawing and other art in this maker studio. Create a journal or make a booklet with various materials. In The Studio, kids and adults grow their creative thinking.

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. Toddlers love experimenting at a light table and they delight in manipulating water at a one-of-a-kind water table.


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.

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.

Super Awesome Adventures

Sneak your way through a laser maze. Try out the green-screen climbing wall. Snake your way through a tunnel on stilts. 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.

Temporarily Closed or Removed

As part of the museum’s health and safety precautions, some experiences have been removed or modified.

  • The Scramble – Two climbing towers and corkscrew slide
  • Paint Your Own Face in the Martha MacMillan Atrium
  • Ball launchers in Forces at Play
  • Costumes in Our World and Imaginopolis

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