Minnesota Children’s Museum to Reopen Aug. 1

Play helps. Play sparks joy. Play eases the effects of stress and anxiety. When kids play, they learn, grow and expand their minds.

That’s why we’re excited to announce plans to reopen our museum in downtown St. Paul on Aug. 1 — abiding by guidelines listed in the state’s Stay Safe MN order.

We’ve been closed since mid-March and are eager to see and hear families exploring our exhibits once again.

The health and safety of our visitors and staff members is our top priority. We’ve been busy over the past few weeks closely reviewing guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, working to get the museum ready and putting safety precautions in place.

Here’s an overview of what you need to know:

Days & Hours

The museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance Ticketing & Member Reservations

  • All visitors, including museum members, must reserve tickets in advance for a specific day and time (helping ensure we abide by capacity limits in the state’s Stay Safe order)
  • The museum will begin accepting reservations in mid-July for admission during the first two weeks of August

Memberships Extended

All families with an active membership when the museum closed in March will get their expiration date automatically extended to ensure a full 12 months of play. The museum’s computer system will reflect the new expiration date, so members will be able to check in even if their membership card indicates an expired date. New cards may be issued at the time of check-in. See the Member Corner for more information.

Masks Required

  • All visitors 5 years old and older must wear masks
  • Visitors should bring their own masks

Social Distancing

Signs and other cues will encourage visitors to practice social distancing.

Pricing

  • Admission will be $14.95 for ages 1 to 101
  • Annual family memberships will start at $139

No Birthday Parties or Group Visits

The museum is not hosting birthday parties or accepting reservations for group visits until further notice.

Additional Safety Precautions

In preparation for opening, museum staff have:

  • Enhanced our procedures for cleaning and sanitizing all museum spaces
  • Put up Plexiglass barriers in the box office and security desk area
  • Installed additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum
  • Removed soft props and costumes
  • Removed or modified some experiences, including face painting and air play
  • Upgraded air filters and created new protocol for monitoring air flow
  • Created procedure for staff wellness checks to be performed daily

When the museum reopens, you can expect to see:

  • Enhanced cleaning of gallery spaces, props and common areas throughout the day
  • Museum staff wearing masks and practicing social distancing
  • Signs urging families to check their health before entering and to reschedule their visit for another day if anyone in their party is sick

More Details to Come

We are looking forward to opening our doors again and providing kids and families in our community with powerful play experiences. Once we open, we’ll monitor the measures we have in place and continue to follow guidance from health officials and make any adjustments as needed.

Stay tuned to our website, email and social media channels for more details in the coming weeks.

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10 West Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-225-6000
mcm@mcm.org

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