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Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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Address: 10 West Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number:
+1 651-225-6000
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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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Wonderful Inside Fun for the whole Family

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 16, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for kids to run around and explore. They have different rooms with enjoy. They have a simulation car wash where kids can wash parts of a car and play at water tables and with bubbles which my daughter loved. They have a Thomas the train area where the kids can pretend to work as a... More 

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

Make sure to visit again once our expansion is complete! 10 Permanent Exhibits Four-story climbing structure Two maker exhibits Expanded toddler gallery Two outdoor spaces Water and air play space More Amenities Café with coffee bar Skyway-level entrance and box office Another elevator More bathrooms Renovated party and event space More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

Thank you MCM! We love visiting the museum when we travel to Minn. We visited in June and then again on November 2nd. Even though it is not complete our 4 year old managed to spend 5 (yes 5) hours there in pure bliss. All of the exhibits that were there in June have been replaced with new exhibits and... More 

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North Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

I took my granddaughter to see the "Thomas the Train" exhibit. First surprise, they don't give a senior discount. I was aware of the construction and knew we were only going to see the 1st and 3rd floor. I found the third floor, to be extremely cold. The blowing cold air never stopped. Many parents were also discussing the cold... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Wonderful place for kids especially helpful with the cold weather of Minnesota and needing to get kids out. Very educational and fun experience with so many things to do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

We were drawn to this museum to see the Thomas exhibit. Thomas was a huge hit for both my 3 and 1 year old, but the rest of the museum was great too. We traveled here from Madison, Wi, we were not disappointed. They are building a new section of the museum, opening I believe spring 2017, it looks another... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We love the children's museum. There is something for everyone, and the exhibits are fun and offer a nice variety. I look forward to seeing the new and improved museum after construction is completed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

My Granddaughters 1st visit to the children's museum and she loved it great Staff and alot to do even though i would have liked the mall of america better for curious George Thomas the train was the theme here it was fun and ok but she's one and the construction downtown sucked anyway I am sure we will be visiting... More 

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