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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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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
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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Great Children's Museum!

This Children's museum has a ton of things to do with quite a bit of interactive options, including a creative craft room. The kids loved the human-sized ant hill.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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.

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MNChildrensMuseum, Social Media Coordinator 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 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... More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

I brought my 13 month old daughter here after having recently visited the Science Center in Birmingham, which she LOVED. I expected Minnesota to have a leg up on Alabama, but was very disappointed. The area dedicated to children under 4 is full of stairs, ramps, and uneven footing with just a few stuffed animals to play with. For a... 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 a disappointing visit. At the heart of what we do at Minnesota Children’s Museum are the children – what fascinates them, their curiosity, creativity and imagination. Habitiot®, one of the galleries you visited with your daughter, was created especially for the Museum’s youngest learners.... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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172 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

This Children's museum has a ton of things to do with quite a bit of interactive options, including a creative craft room. The kids loved the human-sized ant hill.

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

Thank you for your review of the Museum. Glad to hear your enjoyed the ant hill in Earth World! ~ Liz D. More 

Moorhead, Minnesota
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31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2015

We really enjoyed the Musuem! We parked at the World Trades Center Parking, as suggested and walked over via the skywalks. Our boys explored all of the rooms and we enjoyed them all. At the end we told them we would head to the snackbar and giftshop only to find the gift shop was closing and had very little. 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. Kid Spark, the Museum's store, is closing on August 2 to make room for other uses during our expansion. Look for a new café and a coffee bar after the completion of our expansion and renovation project. Thank you for your food suggestions as well; we will keep them in... More 

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

My children have enjoyed playing here for years. It is especially a nice break on a cold day. Their favorite place is the building area with the crane you can try and the water area. Beware the museum can become too crowded especially on their free Sunday each month. I have also been disturbed by daycare groups that do not... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the Museum. ~ Liz D. More 

Ontario
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106 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

The kids, 2 & 4, both gave this attraction two thumbs up. Everything is geared to kids and they were very comfortable exploring what the museum had to offer. Everything was very clean and organized too. My only complaint would be the washrooms. There weren't enough which resulted in wait times and dancing kids. However, I was impressed when we... 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. ~ Liz D. More 

Green Bay
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

This is the 4th Children's Museum we have been to and so far the best. Staff very friendly and helpful. 6 year old gave it an A+

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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. ~ Liz D. More 

Minnesota
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172 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

The Children's Museum can be a little spendy, but your kids will have such a blast, that it is worth it! You can easily spend the whole day there. Bring a snack and a bottle of water, plan to get a little wet or dirty too. The rooftop exhibit is great fun! There are lots of activities to do. 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 and sharing your insider tips! ~ Liz D. More 

Fayetteville, North Carolina
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296 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

This is an amazing Children's Museum, one of the best I have ever been to. My only regret is that we do not live here to take advantage of such an amazing museum more often. If you are in the area and need to find a place for your child to get some exercise, this is certainly the place. 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! Glad to hear your son had a playful time! ~ Liz D. More 

New Hampshire
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2015

We were visiting Saint Paul and went to the children's museum for two dayswith a 5 and 2 year old. The facility is set up in rooms, perfect for watching two children of different ages. It was well stocked, the exhibits were in pristine condition, and there was a perfect blend of activity and exploration. My 5 year old loved... More 

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

Glad to hear your family had a playful trip! Thanks for your review! ~ Liz D. More 

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