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“An afternoon of fun and sensory exploration”

Minnesota Children's Museum
Ranked #12 of 127 things to do in Saint Paul
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We live about an hour away so we usually only visit the museum annually. My children are now 7 and 10 and we just came back from our spring break visit. My kids played so hard in the 4 hours we were there they both fell into bed exhausted that night. Their favorite areas are the ant town, the shipping/receiving area, the water area, and the mock-town where they could pretend to run a grocery store, a restaurant, and a number of other occupations. They also love the little art room, which has various activities.

At $10 per person young or old, it can get to be a bit expensive. They will validate your parking ticket if you park in their garage, which saved about $4 off of the parking fee. If you live close by it might be worth it to look into a membership to save money over the course of a year. One nice thing is they have a coat room to hang coats so you don't have to spend money on a locker rental (come to think of it, I can't remember seeing lockers- if that's a concern best to call and ask).

It can get crowded so if that's a concern I'd recommend calling to ask for best days and times to avoid crowds.

One minor quibble, I wish the gift shop had more kid-friendly prices so kids could spend some of their own money (mine love to shop on their own). Everything in there is way over priced.

Thank gypsymamma
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is an excellent children's museum, especially for preschool and young elementary kids. It is beautiful, bright, spacious, and well-designed for keeping an eye on kids because the exhibits are separated with one main atrium space. It has the regular children's museum offerings: (a nice, big) mini city, water/bubbles, nature room, toddler rooms, light play, etc. It also has a beautiful rooftop garden open in warmer months, a hands-on art room (not always open), and reading space. I like that they sell a bit of food but also encourage you to bring your own lunch and provide a space for eating. There is a "no group" Tuesday, so you can avoid field trips, though you will encounter a lot of strollers that day. Make sure to park in the ramp kitty corner across the street and get your parking validated, then it is only $4.

Thank Anna R
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

We went to the MCM with our 2 & 4 year olds. They loved the exhibits, and we parents did too. I liked that there were different rooms to explore. Our favorites were the toddler room, which allowed lots of gross motor play, and the dinosaur exhibit. We packed a lunch and bought drinks from the vending machine, but they do sell food and there are restaurants nearby. We didn't get to see all the exhibits, so we have a reason to go again!

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We took our 6 year old and he was pretty bored- the only thing he really enjoyed was the ant tunnel. I think that the Science Museum has much more to offer.

Thank Luciferous626
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We enjoyed our holiday visit to the MCM. The exhibits were fun for our almost 2 year old and the parents and grandparents enjoyed it as well. There are water tables (bubbles too!), a factory with lots of conveyor belts, a play area for the very young, craft room, giant ant hill with crawling tunnels, a main street with city bus, grocery store, music video area and more. Our kiddo did not understand most of the activities, but enjoyed the sensory play aspect (ooh water! noises are fun!). I think many of the activities should scale well to older kids (up to 8-10?) if parents help them learn with the activities.
There was a nice story/activity time while we were there too.
The staff at the museum were all very friendly and really engaged the kids well.
There is a small lunch room with very minimal food options, just a few vending machines. It does have a microwave, so you can easily bring lunch or goodies from home. Or there is a Subway in the skyway adjacent to the museum.

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