Minnesota Children’s Museum Delays Opening of Expanded St. Paul Location
Minnesota Children’s Museum, which closed its downtown St. Paul location in December to complete a major expansion and renovation project, will reopen in June, two months later than originally planned.
The delay stems from a disruption in the construction of The Scramble, a four-story climbing adventure that will occupy a glass addition along West Seventh Street.
The Scramble, a one-of-a-kind structure, will feature two climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40 feet high. The vendor fabricating The Scramble went out of business, causing a delay as the museum made arrangements for another company to construct the remaining parts.
“The Scramble is going to be a fun, safe and challenging experience for children and adults alike,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum. “We’re working hard to ensure that this experience will be everything we’ve dreamed it would be, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety.”
The museum will announce dates for grand opening events in the coming weeks. A Minnesota Children’s Museum location at the Mall of America® and Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester remain open with regular hours.
Museum members with a Passport level or above membership get a two-month extension at no cost to make up for the delay. Membership benefits include free admission to the Mall of America® and Rochester locations.
The newly renovated museum in St. Paul will feature 10 new exhibits plus one gallery for travelling exhibits. The new experiences include:
- The Scramble: Four-story climbing adventure with towers, slide and catwalk 40-feet high
- Forces at Play | 3M Gallery: Engineer ping pong ball launchers and get scrubbing in the car wash
- Sprouts: Wonder, discover and move with joy in a toddler-sized land of enchantment
- Creativity Jam | Target Gallery: A lively and energetic space where creativity roams free
- The Studio | Target Gallery: Tinker, make, explore and create with real tools
- Super Awesome Adventures: Move and groove in an action adventure
- Our World | Best Buy Gallery: Updated pretend town with fire station, post office and food truck
- Imaginopolis: Build your own story in this abstract play space
- Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery: On the rooftop, experience the sights and sounds of the city
- Backyard: New outdoor space; sensory activities with natural materials
Visitors also will enjoy a new café and store, an additional elevator, more bathrooms and an additional entrance on the skyway level.
Construction on the $30 million project began in December 2015. The work is the first major renovation of the museum since it moved from Bandana Square to downtown St. Paul in 1995.
Information about visiting the Mall of America® or Rochester locations can be found at mcm.org.
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. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.” The Museum, which first opened in 1981 and moved to downtown St. Paul in 1995, serves more than 460,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul and Rochester, and reaches thousands more across the state through Smart Play Spots, Storyland exhibits and other programs. 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 through the nation’s largest collection of children’s traveling exhibits. The Museum is consistently rated as one of the top children’s museums in the country by national media outlets such as Forbes and Parents and was named as a finalist for an Institute of Museum and Library Services Medal of Service, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries. Follow Minnesota Children’s Museum on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and visit our Power of Play blog.