Visitor Information

⚬ All exhibits open for play

⚬ Members get unlimited free admissions

August Special: Buy online to save $2 per ticket

⚬ Visitors ages 2 and older are strongly encouraged to wear a mask

⚬ Anyone who is sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to the museum

Things to Know Before You Visit

Ongoing COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority. We 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 or modified some experiences, including face painting and air play
  • Upgraded air filters and created new protocol for monitoring air flow
  • Created process for staff wellness checks to be performed daily

Tickets

Can I use museum tickets I already have?

Yes, please call 651-225-6000 to make a reservation with existing tickets.

Our Exhibits
Three Floors of Fun!

From the irresistible pretend town in Our World to the delightful toddler play spaces in Sprouts, our experiences spark joy and foster growth through the awesome power of play.

Food & Amenities

Will the café and store be open?

The café and store are open with additional sanitizing, social distancing and other precautions in place. The menu and hours may be limited.

Do you have quieter spaces for resting, nursing, etc.?

There are two small, quiet comfort rooms if visitors need to step away from the action with their child. If you have specific questions or need special accommodations, please call us prior to your visit.

Do you have restrooms and changing rooms available?

We have family/single stall and multi-stall restrooms on all floors. Changing stations are available on all floors in all restrooms (except the single stall restrooms on the first floor).

Are there lockers available?

Yes, limited lockers are available on a first come, first served basis. Lockers are cleaned, disinfected and sanitized every night. Sanitizing wipes are also available for visitors to wipe down lockers between uses. Lockers require four quarters for each single-time use. Coat racks are currently not available.

Does the museum have WiFi?

Yes, free WiFi is available. Choose MCM-Public on your mobile device. Text “playing wifi” to 56512 for the current password. Or, ask a staff person in an orange shirt for the code.

General Information

Can I bring a stroller into the museum?
Yes. Please note we will encourage visitors to use stairs as much as possible. Elevators will be limited to one family or visitor party at a time.
What should I wear/pack?

This is a playful space where children and adults alike can play throughout the museum. To get the most out of your experience, we suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes and bringing:

Water bottles – Consider bringing your own water. The museum water fountains have been temporarily turned off.

Extra clothes – Sometimes children get wet in our Forces at Play and Sprouts exhibits. Socks are required for playing in The Scramble.

Sunscreen – Two of our galleries are located outside.

May I drop off my children at the museum?
No. All children visiting the museum must be accompanied and supervised by an adult 18 years old or older at all times.

Experiences

What galleries and experiences will be open and closed?

All permanent exhibits are open, including The Scramble. Some exhibit components have been removed or closed, including the face painting station and the air blowers in Forces at Play.

What age range does the museum serve?

Kids from 1 to 10 or even older have fun in the museum. We have hands-on exhibits that appeal to a variety of ages and interests. Most of the exhibits have something for everyone, but here’s a general guide:

For older kids:

The Studio – A maker space with real tools and authentic materials

Super Awesome Adventures – Carpet skating, laser maze and green-screen climbing wall

For 3 and under:

Sprouts – Joyful landscape of discovery with its own water tables

Tot Spots – Many exhibits have an area designed specifically for our youngest visitors

Will outdoors spaces be open?

Yes. The Backyard and Tip Top Terrace are open for the season.

Will the water features be open? Are there special safety precautions in place?

The water features in Sprouts and Forces at Play will be open. The water in Sprouts is treated with disinfecting UV light. The water in Forces at Play is fresh and not recirculated or reused.

Masks

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are strongly encouraged for visitors ages 2 and older.

Cleaning

How often do you clean the museum and the props?
We have put in place enhanced clearing procedures. Bathrooms and gallery components are cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily. We clean our props regularly. If you find a prop that needs cleaning, please let a staff member in an orange shirt know or place it in a marked bin in the gallery.

Family Memberships

Can I apply the price of admission to a membership?
Yes. If you buy tickets and decide during your visit to become a member, stop by the box office and we will apply your family’s admission price toward the membership cost. Member families enjoy a year of unlimited play and a variety of special perks. All memberships include all children in the household under 18 and 2 listed adults.

Birthday Parties & Field Trips

Can I book a party or field trip?
No. The museum is not hosting birthday parties or accepting group visits until further notice.

Accessibility

Do you have support materials for children with different abilities?

Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to making our space accessible and inclusive to people with a wide range of abilities and preferences. Learn more about some of the options we provide for you to personalize your play here. If you have specific questions or need accommodations, please call us prior to your visit.

Lost & Found

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes. Lost and found is located at our security desk near our West Seventh Street entrance. You may reach the security desk at 651-225-6056.

 

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