“The museum is a tremendous community asset – a place where all generations can connect through play and innovation. With all the energy and momentum in our community, there are great things ahead for Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester!”

Heidi Mestad, Director
Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester

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“The museum is a tremendous community asset – a place where all generations can connect through play and innovation. With all the energy and momentum in our community, there are great things ahead for Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester!”

Heidi Mestad, Director
Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester

Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester News

Lifelong Learning through Play. Do You Feel Similarly?

By Jean Marvin Education should be everywhere and lifelong. The Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester has made it a priority to provide everyone in our city – from toddlers to grandparents – with a fun and engaging place to play, connect, and learn together....

Excitement is mounting

Excitement about the Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester is mounting as concepts for the future of the museum come to life. The future iteration being designed for the museum will not only help to fill Rochester’s experience gap by providing an interactive space...

Announcing our New Family Date Night Series

You asked, we listened!  Our visitors and members have given us feedback on the importance of families being able to connect in fun and meaningful ways and having access to engaging and educational special programs for the whole family! The museum uniquely provides...

Power of Play in Rochester

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, then when we are at play.” -  Charles E. Schaefer From the time we’re born, we learn, explore, and dream through play. It leads us to develop new skills, connect with...

Celebrate the Opening of Our New Exhibit, Our Town

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, Our Town, at the Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester, we sat down Chris Barnick, Vice President of Consumer Banking at Think Bank Mutual. Think Mutual Bank’s generous support has made it possible to bring Our Town to...

Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester Announces Innovationology

The May 20 event will celebrate notions of innovation, the importance of creativity, and the Power of Play and allow you to use all your senses! “This is an event that celebrates the innovation in our community. It also allows guests to learn about your community in a different way while fueling future growth of the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester to allow us to continue the work to impact families in Southeastern Minnesota.” States MCMR co-chair, Melissa Brinkman.

Zooming Ahead – Cardboard Sled Race Recap

Whether they had been working on their sleds for weeks, a few days, or only a few hours, all participants created their homemade sleds using cardboard.  Participants used all their STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) to make a sled...

Unpacking Best Practices

By Eric Anderson pollen@gmail.com Earlier this month, a group of thirteen community and industry leaders toured six children’s, health and innovation themed museums over four days. The group was brought together by the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester Director...

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