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Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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Address: 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1104
Phone Number: +1 651-225-6000
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09:00 - 16:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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. Extended summer hours: Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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This is fun place to let kids explore and play! We went during early morning (10ish) and it was a bit crowded. It got better around lunch time as parents left with their... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
Tammie P
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This is fun place to let kids explore and play! We went during early morning (10ish) and it was a bit crowded. It got better around lunch time as parents left with their younger kids. Lots of hands on and creative activities!

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85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

There was plenty of physical activity to wear out a seven year old. Many of exhibits seemed rather dull to me, but the kid loved everything

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Toronto, Canada
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88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We visited the museum with my 5 yr old grandson. He had been there many times before & knew exactly where he wanted to go! The anthill area was lots of fun, with children playing, running through the tunnels, & appearing in unexpected places! We stayed a fairly long time at the Thomas display which, thankfully, was not crowded. The... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

We purchased a membership in February and I wish we had waited! What a waste of money. My almost 2 year old was so excited the other day to visit, talking about some of the things she had seen before and when we arrived they were GONE! There is NOTHING for the little people anymore! The Thomas exhibit is open... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Our first permanent exhibit, Forces at Play, just opened to rave reviews. It's full of experiences for kids of all ages. Regarding your membership, we would really like to help you. Please call our membership help desk at 651-225-6000. More 

Columbia, Maryland
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

My first thought upon entering was that my nine year-old would be bored as most of the kids I saw were much younger. However, she really loved the ant farm exhibit (where kids can crawl through ant tunnels) and the DigiSpace.

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Thank Christie L
Mapleton, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

My kids ABSOLUTELY love this place. They beg to visit it a couple of times a year, however being 3 hours away, that is very difficult. We had the chance to visit this past weekend and my kids were beyond excited, however that excitement quickly faded when they realized that there were hardly any exhibits to visit due to renovations.... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. We're sorry to hear you had such a disappointing visit. The past few weeks, in particular, has had a lot of moving parts as some galleries are closing while others are opening. The first new gallery of our expansion project opens this week. Would you like to speak to our... More 

Eagan, Minnesota
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83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Because they are doing an expansion the museum only has 4 or 5 exhibits open. Not as much to do as usual. Today there are timed entrances to exhibits to keep some areas from being too full. We usually love the museum but will wait to come again until the expansion is done. Hopefully once the expansion is done the... More 

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. Yes, we are trying timed entries into the traveling exhibit Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails!, due to its popularity. We look forward to welcoming you back at the completion of our expansion! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Looking for a great day of fun with your grandchildren? Come at 9:00 a.m. to the Children's Museum and explore the interactive exhibits with your precious grands! It will be an imaginative, educational adventure and fun for all the family. PS: A membership makes a great family Christmas gift!

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thanks for the rave review! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

There are many different types of experiences for the kids to have. Even my 10 & 12 year old were entertained playing with the younger kids. Its a little pricy in my opinion, but worth going.

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator at Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the museum. We're delighted to hear everyone had a playful visit! More 

Appleton, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Yes, it is under construction...but so little to do for the cost! If you have a toddler or kindergartner, it is wonderful, but nothing for older kids. Everything looked dirty like it needed a good scrubbing and wipe down...very disappointed. worst children's museum I have ever been to

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coodinator at Minnesota Children's Museum - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the museum. We're sorry to hear you were so disappointed in your experience. We hope you'll come back and give us another try at the completion of our expansion project in April, 2017. More 

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