St. Paul, Minn. – Families will visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, journey back in time on the Dinosaur Train™, and explore the power of love and forgiveness during next year’s series of special exhibits at Minnesota Children’s Museum.

The exhibits come to life in the museum’s fourth-floor Special Exhibit Gallery, where the museum hosts traveling exhibits from other museums and its own special exhibits.

GiftSq-webThe 2018 special exhibits are free for members and included with regular museum admission – no extra fee required.

“These exhibits are fun, hands-on experiences where families will explore and learn together,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum. “We’re thrilled to make these great exhibits available to Minnesota families for the very first time.”

The special exhibits bring even more exciting changes to the museum, which re-opened in June after a major expansion and renovation. The museum created 10 new exhibits, including a four-story climbing adventure, and added a café and other visitor amenities.

Families that join the museum or renew their memberships can experience all three special exhibits, visiting the museum as often as they like for a year. Members also get access to special sneak peek events for each special exhibit.

Through its annual gift membership drive, the museum urges holiday gift buyers to give a membership to a family they love.

“A museum membership is the gift that’s too big to wrap,” Krizan said. “A family that gets a membership to Minnesota Children’s Museum will thank you all year long.”

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, A Grr-iffic Exhibit™, based on the popular PBS Kids television series, opens Jan. 27. The exhibit is presented locally by Thrivent Mutual Funds.

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit™, also based on a beloved PBS Kids series, chugs into town May 26.

The museum is hosting XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness at a compelling time. The exhibit, which features activities that get people to think about and share their emotions, opens a few weeks before the 2018 election season comes to a close.

Details of the museum’s 2018 special exhibit season:

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, A Grr-ific Exhibit

Dates: Jan. 27 – May 13, 2018

Creator: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with The Fred Rogers Company

Sing, explore and pretend with friends and family in some favorite places from the award-winning PBS Kids television series “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

  • Transform into your favorite characters and neighborhood helpers, such as a policeman and doctor, using costumes and hand-held face masks.
  • See yourself sparkle in the Imagination Mirror and act out a scene on the Imagination Stage.
  • Visit the Clock Factory where you can play with different kinds of clocks; work with others to make the clock tick.
  • Write or draw a thank you note to someone who has done something special for you and share it on the Thank You Tree.
  • Meet Daniel and all of his friends at the Neighborhood School. Make each friend move and say something special.


Presented locally by Thrivent Mutual Funds.

Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD © 2017 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.

Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit™

Dates: May 26 – Sept. 9, 2018

Creator: The Magic House with The Jim Henson Company

Bringing the popular PBS Kids series “Dinosaur Train” to life, this new exhibit gives kids the chance to travel back to the time of dinosaurs.

  • Exercise basic scientific thinking skills as you join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical journey to unearth concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology.
  • Join a Tyrannosaurus rex named Buddy who travels the world to discover surprising facts about dinosaurs.

XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness

Dates: Sept. 22, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019

Creator: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; Made possible by The Fetzer Institute.

Explore how we learn about love and forgiveness through activities that get us to feel and talk about emotions. This will be fun and sometimes, scary. You will play, act silly, and consider what makes you sad, mad and happy, think about love and think about forgiveness.

You’ll also ask questions, listen, and learn more about the people with you. You might reveal a secret or discover a forgotten memory. You will definitely share, connect, converse, think and feel. So take a deep breath, and explore these powerful feelings and the effects they have on yourself and others.

  • Hold hands with someone to illuminate a hidden message about love.
  • Write down a loving thought and press it into a token to keep or gift.
  • Work together to balance on a bubble seesaw or connect an infinite puzzle.
  • Explore facial expressions and build with Face Blocks
  • Draw or write down what makes you angry or sad and crank it through a paper shredder.
  • Hug a soft sculpture that responds with a comforting sound.

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 serves more than 500,000 visitors each year at its locations in St. Paul and Rochester, and reaches thousands more across the state through Smart Play Spots, Storyland exhibit 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.

Media Contact
Bob Ingrassia
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Vice President, External Relations

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