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Minnesota Children's Museum

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Address: 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
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+1 651-225-6000
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Kids play more. Adults do, too. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more...

Kids play more. Adults do, too. We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play.

This is our first major renovation since we opened our downtown St. Paul museum in 1995. Children and adults alike will delight in our 10 new exhibits and enjoy a variety of new amenities.

A glass addition along West Seventh Street will house The Scramble, a four-story climbing adventure. Elsewhere in the new museum, visitors will delight in an updated pretend town, get creative in two maker workshops and engineer their own fun in an air-and-water exhibit.

Families also will enjoy a bigger toddler gallery and step out into a revamped rooftop and backyard. Kids will craft their own adventures in a ninja-training course and a carpet skate park.

This will be play like it’s meant to be. Natural. Joyous. Genuine. Children will explore, experiment, try new things, test their limits, adapt and grow.

Each exhibit will help children develop the life skills they need to succeed throughout life — how to think creatively, make plans, analyze problems, tackle challenges, speak and listen, work as part of a team and more.

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Great fun for all ages.... I can't think of anything els to say... crap I still have 30 more to go.. Ah 100 ....

Reviewed 6 days ago
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great fun for all ages.... I can't think of anything els to say... crap I still have 30 more to go.. Ah 100 ....

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st. paul, mn
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Minnesota Children's Museum has just completed a $30 million dollar renovation. It was great before, now it will be really great. Every year for the last 6 years I bought an annual membership for my great grandson, 2 parents and one grandparent. I think it was about $110 a year. What a bargain! Everything from playing with trucks in... More 

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Minnesota Child... M, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

We can't wait to welcome you back! The new museum is actually wonderful for kids up to age 10. These particular exhibits definitely appeal to older kids: The Scramble -- Four-story vertical adventure with two climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40 feet high Super Awesome Adventures -- Action-packed exhibit featuring a ninja laser... More 

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Reviewed April 13, 2017

The family or grandparent annual membership is a great option for anyone or family who expects to take a few children to the museum more than twice a year. Our grandsons are always ready and eager to visit the Children's Museum. We have enjoyed their learning while they think they are merely playing. Great staff.

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

Park in the ramp kitty-corner to the Children's Museum for a deal. Spend the entire day here with your youngster. There is so much to see and do for everyone - even as young as a one year old. There are new exhibits every couple months, along with the fabulous old-faithfuls. You may want to bring an extra set of... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

I have been to many better children's museums even in small cities. My daughter had the most fun in the giant ant hill but by now it has been dismantled. They were doing major renovations so hopefully updates will improve it a lot. I heard the children's museum in minneapolis was poor compared to this so I would never even... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

I took my 9 month old twins here and they found lots to do. I've been back many times, and as they are now 2 years old, they are on to very different explorations and they still love coming here. It's a good place to get hands-on learning.There is also a location at the Mall of America.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 23, 2017

I was a little concerned when I saw that the Church of Scientology purchased the old location, but this is a must for parents of children twelve and younger (or grandparents who are still mobile). I attended with my young nephews. Upon graduation from the twelve year old age, the Minnesota Science Museum is great for older kids or out... More 

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Minnesota Child... M, Public Relations Manager at Minnesota Children's Museum, responded to this review

Hi Kevin, We are right around the corner from the old Science Museum of Minnesota building that was purchased by the Church of Scientology. I imagine that you must have visited the Science Museum of Minnesota on Kellogg recently! Minnesota Children's Museum is currently closed for renovations. Where our expansion project is complete in April it will be bigger, better... More 

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Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

We love coming here. I have seven kids 1,8,9,10,12,13,16 we all love the Children's Museum. There is more than enough things to do to keep all the kids interested, as well as enough space so they can go off on their own and explore. Staff is friendly and engaging, with their insight and questions, they get the kids thinking in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Despite construction we had a great time. The boys age 7 and 3 spent 3 hours playing. The 3 year old really loved all of it. The Forces at Play is so fun. Even I didn't want to leave the ping pong room! They closed on Dec 4th for the renovation, so I highly suggest a visit when it reopens... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed November 28, 2016

It's a great place to go with younger kids, esp. under 5. Also great in the winter when it's cold out. So many different rooms with different themes of fun things for kids to do.

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