Rent One of Two Exhibits for a Private Experience

The perfect option for friends and family to gather. Exclusive access to a popular exhibit before the museum opens.

Our World

  • Available 8 to 9 a.m. Friday – Sunday 
  • Our World: Pretend town with post office, fire station, food truck, farmers market and more


  • Available 8 to 9 a.m. Friday – Sunday 
  • Delightful play space with water table, mini play structure, slide and more. Designed for children 3 and under but all ages welcome


Up to 12 guests: $160

13 to 20 guests: $240

21 to 30 guests: $320

Both adults and children are counted toward the total number of guests

Members SAVE!


Reservation must be made no later than Sunday the week of the scheduled date.

Masks optional for visitors and staff. Call 651-225-6000 to discuss making special arrangements.

Please plan for guests to arrive on time so your group can be escorted to the exhibit all at once.

Maximum number of guests depends on package booked.

Members save 25% use code MEMBERPPT at check out.
Must show membership card at check-in.

All Play Members save 50% use code ALLPLAYPPT at check out.
Must show membership card at check-in.


What to Expect After Booking

Confirmation email with date and time of Private Play Time

Link with event details to share with your guests

Downloadable PDF invitation to customize for your guests


Call 651-225-6000

Private Play Time FAQ

Where do guests check in?
Everyone joining a Private Play Time session should check in at the security desk on the first floor (street level).
Do I need to tell the museum the names of my guests?
No, but you must stay within the maximum number of guests for the Private Play Time package you booked.
Do museum members count toward my total number of guests?
Yes. All adults and children count toward your group total.
What if some of my guests arrive late?
Late guests should go to the security desk on the first floor (street level). A museum staff member will check them in and escort them to the gallery.
Will museum staff be in the gallery during Private Play Time?
A museum staff member will be onsite and periodically check in on guests during Private Play Time sessions.
Are food items and drinks allowed during Private Play Time?

No, food and drink are not allowed in exhibits or common areas during Private Play Time. Covered coffee cups and water bottles are okay.

Will the museum’s café and store be open?

No, the café will not be open during Private Play Time. The café will open at 9 a.m. when the museum opens to the public.

Can I have more than 30 guests?

If you are interested in booking a Private Play Time for more than 30 people, please call 651-225-6000 to make a special request.

Can guests stay and play in the museum after Private Play Time?

Yes, Private Play Time guests may stay and play in the museum when it opens to the public following their private experience.

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