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Address: 224 Lamm St, Mankato, MN 56001-2305
Phone Number: +1 507-386-0279
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for...

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community.

Newly opened at its fantastic, and permanent location in Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the Whiz Bang exhibit, and with a towering Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there's plenty to do and see -- all within a safe, inviting, and comfortable space.

The Children's Museum of Minnesota exists thanks to the support of dozens of businesses, hundreds of families, many wonderful volunteers, and the entire Greater Mankato community. Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the Museum at its previous locations since 2009. With the continued help and enthusiasm of all who have supported us, we can't wait to put smiles on many more faces -- for generations to come.

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Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota WOW!!!!

What an awesome place for kids and adults! Lots and lots and LOTS of stuff to keep the kids occupied for several hours and different age appropriate areas as well. Great family... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an awesome place for kids and adults! Lots and lots and LOTS of stuff to keep the kids occupied for several hours and different age appropriate areas as well. Great family stop and one to be sure is on the top of your list!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome variety of hands on activities that emphasize MN culture and industries. The tree house is a multi-story wonder to behold. Live plants and fish, a field to market activity zone, dress up theater, crafts, and huge sandpit play area. A perfect place to play and learn.

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Thank Bob B
Mankato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the 3 story climbing tree, leggo table, face painting, rock quarry and farm animals. Lots to do for girls and boys for small children all the way up to 10 or 12.

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Thank 507Randy
Lake Crystal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Children with us ages from 1 year to 10 years old had a great time learning and playing with the great exhibits. Very interactive. Great place for a hot day and for the kids to burn off energy and parents to sit back and relax.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had to pry our 4 and 6 year old grandkids out of the museum after almost 3 hours. They loved the climbing structure that has lots of rope tunnels connecting platforms. The deli is adjacent to raised planting beds. Both are filled with hand sewn vegetables and fruit. There are even fabric tortillas. Outside there is a hand pump... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

Mankato can rightfully be proud of this place - SO creative and such a nice variety of activities and welcoming staff. From the healthy food bar to the gardens w/ fake veggies to the kitchen to the quarry and oh yes, the FABULOUS tree house. There is so much variety and opportunities to make believe that I can't imagine ANY... More 

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Thank Genevieve K
New Ulm, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is a great place for kids to learn and have fun. My niece who is 3 loved it.. she had so much fun playing. The staff was so helpful and encouraged all the kids to try something new.. They have events each day.. Friday was feeding the snake..The museum is a great place to go in the winter to... More 

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Thank Rachel S
Mankato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

There was a lot for my grandchild to enjoy. He loved the sand area the best. It is a place for learning and fun too. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I took my granddaughter on a separate trip and she loved it as well?

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Thank marystorlien
Midwest USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

What a little gem of a museum for kids in Mankato. The are little mini themed sections where kids can learn about a variety of different things. The museum format is open and kids can easily move around from one area to another. It's clean and neat. There is a giant treehouse with numerous levels that any kid would love... More 

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Thank PamL-MidwestUSA
Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Since I discovered this great place last winter it's the first thing my 6 year old grand daughter asks about when she comes to spend a couple of days with me. There's something for everyone...boys, girls, young a nd older. There are helpful engaging staff members at each activity site if you need them. We usually go early in the... More 

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