Rent an Exhibit for Your Small Group

⚬ Your small group will enjoy an exclusive play experience.

⚬ Choose from two popular exhibits.

Our World

  • Available 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday – Sunday 
  • Pretend town with post office, fire station, food truck, farmers market and more


  • Available 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday – 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: $150

Up to 20 guests: $225


Limited Availability

⚬ Private Play Time sessions may be booked up to 30 days in advance

⚬ Available dates will appear as orange or blue squares on the booking page


⚬ Adults and children count toward total number of guests

⚬ Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance

⚬ All visitors age 5 and over are required to wear a mask, whether or not they have received a vaccine or previously had COVID-19.

⚬ Children ages 2 to 4 are encouraged to wear a mask.

⚬ Please plan for guests to arrive on time

⚬ Maximum number of guests is 12 or 20 people, depending on package booked


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.
Does our group have to wear masks even if we are comfortable playing together without them?
Yes, masks are required at all times for visitors ages 5 and older. Masks are encouraged for children ages 2 to 4 years.
What are your cleaning procedures?

The museum has enhanced its safety protocols and cleaning procedures since reopening in August, which includes an upgraded air filtration system, additional space for social distancing, and additional hand sanitizing stations. For a look at what to expect during your visit, check out this short video tour.

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 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 20 guests?
No. Due to capacity restrictions under the state’s Stay Safe MN order, we cannot exceed the 20-guest limit.
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. However, due to capacity restrictions following orders from Gov. Tim Walz, all museum visits are currently limited to two hours. Please plan on finishing your visit no more than one hour from the end of your Private Play Time session.

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