Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children's Museum, Saint Paul: Hours, Address, Minnesota Children's Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children's Museum
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Bigger, Better, Bolder Museum is Open! This is our first major renovation since we opened our downtown St. Paul museum in 1995. Children and adults alike delight in our 10 new exhibits and enjoy a variety of new amenities. A glass addition along West Seventh Street houses The Scramble, a four-story climbing adventure. Elsewhere in the new museum, visitors 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 enjoy a bigger toddler gallery and step out into a revamped rooftop and backyard. Kids craft their own adventures in a ninja-training course and a carpet skate park. This is 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 helps 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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4.5
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Karen J
Afton, MN47 contributions
Jan 2020
This was our first visit to the museum and we had fun! Three floors of experiences and several lounges to take breaks in. Excellent adventure for children from toddlers to about nine or ten. My grandson loved the water areas, they do provide rain gear, especially the car wash. Various MN companies built experience areas.
Written January 8, 2020
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TMHK
Twin Cities, MN9 contributions
Highly interactive and original exhibits for hands-on fun across 4+ floors. Highly recommended!!

My children (1,4,5.5) enjoy the community area (restaurant, grocery store, post office, dr. office, music stage, bus) and the water area (bubbles, ping-pong balls through pipes, boat races) the best.

There are also: temporary (3-4 mo) exhibits, a nature area (child-size ant habitat crawling area, small "stream" for playing, craft area, reading area, habitot (baby/toddler play room), face-painting. Some temporary exhibits, like "Run, Jump," that is currently featured is geared to older kids 6+ who can rock-climb, pedal a stationary bike etc. Others, like Berenstain Bears, Curious George, Sesame Street were geared to the pre-school and K set.

Compared to the children's museum in Kansas City (very small ~ one large room with multiple exhibits in various areas) and a Canadian children's exhibit I saw (only reading, not very interactive), the MN Children's Museum is so much better. We are spoiled to have such a great museum close to where we live.

The only downside is that it can be expensive to visit if you don't have a membership, because adults have to pay admission to. There is a parking ramp across the street and the MCM gives you a discounted parking rate. Or street parking is also sometimes available. Close to some fast-food eateries (McDonalds, Asian fast food, etc, as well as some other regular restaurants at street-level or through the skyway.
Written May 7, 2008
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C S
Saint Paul, MN25 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
We have been going to the MN Children's Museum for the last 10 years and have always had a very positive experience. We have been there with four kids who just turned one year old and they had fun in the Habitot area which is designed especially for the little ones. On summer days, you can get outdoors by heading to the rooftop. They have fun art activities to make and you can choose to play in the sand sculpting area. Just recently went there with a 5 year old, 8 and 10 year old. Even though they have been there multiple times, they still enjoy the Our World permanent exhibit where they can pretend to work in a restaurant, be a postal carrier or a rock star among many other jobs - so fun to interact with kids in this exhibit.

The Museum has a small eating area on the first level where you can bring your own food to eat which is what we often do. They have vending machines with snacks and drinks. Also there is a small selection of food in the gift shop.
Written June 17, 2014
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Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum!
Written June 19, 2014
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Kirstin D.
Port Huron, MI482 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I went on my own tho with an eye to shopping for Childrens gifts and taking the neighbor kids next summer. There are amazing displays and activities. Plenty of interesting and experimental sorts of crafts and collections to suit all ages.
Written January 20, 2020
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Tourist798465
Saint Paul, MN1 contribution
May 2018 • Family
We have been members since 2010 and were very happy with the museum before the renovation. Then the renovation happened where they spent $30 million to shift rooms around and add exhibits. They ended up getting rid of the exhibits that our kids loved and replacing them with new ones that lacked any sort of character or creativity. I have one word to describe the museum after the renovation: Stale. We decided this year for the first time that we would not be renewing our membership again and probably never will. The entire board should be fired for their decision making, because it certainly wasn't in the interests of the kids.
Written September 7, 2018
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Melshopper
Fargo, ND73 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
I read about the "bigger, better" museum yet we were unimpressed. We took my 11 year-old niece and my 4 year-old nephew. They played in the Scramble, there is a post office exhibit, a car wash, a room to place stickers on (?), and a do-your-own face painting area. If there was much more than just this it was hard to find. The kids were bored, as were the adults. Also, the parking was terrible around the museum. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, and it was quite crowded. We will not be returning.
Written August 12, 2017
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Thank you for sharing your experience. We're sorry to hear you were disappointed with the new museum. We have taken a different approach that we understand may not appeal to everyone. The new exhibits focus on open-ended activities that put children and their imaginations in the driver’s seat. Our research shows that kids develop lifelong skills such as creative thinking, confidence, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and more through open-ended play. We've created experiences where kids imagine possibilities, tinker, tell stories, work together, try new things and make adjustments. We hope you give us a second chance. The museum is very busy right now since we were closed for 6 months for expansion and renovation.
Written August 14, 2017
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JannaFitz
Eagan, MN32 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
I took the 2-year-old sweet little girl that I nanny for a nice little outing to the museum. It was one of the more stressful experiences I have ever had. The museum was packed full of kids much older than her to the point where even I was feeling claustrophobic. With the museum that packed, the older kids were aggressive and refused to share. I got very protective very quickly when some 7-year-olds almost pushed my sweet little girl off of the life-size fire truck play area. Considering how crowded it is and how rough the style of play seems to be, I was shocked by the lack of soft corners or padding to prevent these kids from hurting themselves and the other kids. With no water rotation in the water play areas, they seem to be teeming with potential disease. There is no place where the noise level is below a roar. Even in the area specifically for younger kids under age 3, there seemed to be no regulation about older kids getting in there. Even in there, there were aggressive older kids trying to rough house with my sweet little girl. Will not be going back, EVER!
Written August 5, 2017
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We really hope you give us another chance. The museum is a wonderful place for children of all ages. Since we've reopened, the museum is extremely popular. If you change your mind, please consider returning on a Friday or Saturday evening when we are open until 8 p.m. From 5 to 8 p.m. is generally much quieter than during the day. Mornings and weekends are the busiest in the summer. Once children are back in school, weekdays will be much calmer and quieter, as well. Please also note that the water is completely changed out vs. reused to prevent spreading infection. The museum is cleaned and disinfected daily, as are the bathrooms and props for the same reason.
Written August 7, 2017
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manda99
San Antonio, TX60 contributions
Apr 2015
if you have a special needs child, run far, far away! This place is sensory overload and there aren't any quiet places to find, especially on a weekend.
Written July 28, 2015
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Thank you for your review of the Museum. We’re sorry to hear you had a less then positive experience during your recent visit. We agree that the current Museum can be overly stimulating and took that into consideration with the design of the new Museum. We are beginning our expansion and renovation project this fall and we have hired an acoustic consultant to help us reduce excess noise. We are also planning a quiet room for the new museum and we will be seeking outside advice on the design- both from visitors with children with special needs and from outside experts. If you care to offer additional feedback on what you would like to see in the quiet room please email <marketdept@mcm.org>. Thank you again for your review and we hope to welcome you back in the future. ~ Liz D.
Written July 29, 2015
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BPuttkammer21
Cottage Grove, MN170 contributions
Sep 2019
We stopped by, late on a Friday night, so our child could visit a new place. The Science Museum was closed for cleaning, so we tried the Children's Museum. Since they were closing soon, the ticket counter gave us vouchers for another visit. Basically two visits for the price of one! Our child love the water tables, the ball and air compressor tubes, as well as the slides. We didn't get to see everything, but there are many activities for little ones to enjoy.
Written October 9, 2019
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sunnysunfish
Baxter, MN50 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This was our first trip back to the museum since they revamped it. My boys and I were very disappointed. There is so much open and wasted space. There was maybe one thing they enjoyed each. There is not much for older kids to do. My kids are 8 and 10 and they were bored. They should’ve went and toured museums to get ideas. For example the children’s museum in St. Louis, MO is amazing. My kids spent two hours in one exhibit there. We stayed there until the place closed. If the museum here in MN was like that one I would buy a membership and I live 2 1/2 hours away from St. Paul. I’m happy I bought these tickets with Groupon. We won’t be back. Just a warning to other parents it is for young children.
Written May 28, 2019
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