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
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Russell C
59 contributions
Excellent attraction for kids and families
Nov 2021
Spent an afternoon here with my two young children who absolutely loved the place. So many interesting exhibits and hands on activities for the kids great way to spend and afternoon with the family.
Written 9 November 2021
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Hadir
3 contributions
Great place!
Dec 2020
We had so much! Great place for children and adults as well! Good to spend time in winter with your family.
Written 17 May 2021
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gaylep256
7 contributions
Great place for families
Jan 2020
Love the Children's Museum. Perfect for romps with the kids. Love the interactive exhibits. It is a fun play and learning space.
Written 22 May 2020
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Kirstin D.
Port Huron, MI439 contributions
Fun visit to the Children's Museum in St Paul.
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 20 January 2020
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Karen J
Afton, MN47 contributions
First trip with my 3 year old grandson
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 8 January 2020
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Jim M
182 contributions
Educational and Fun!
Dec 2019
This is a wonderful Museum for young Children. The exhibits are both educational and fun. Couldn't get our grandchild to leave the water tables. So much activities you can spend most of the day!
Written 30 December 2019
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Mia
Eden Prairie, MN6 contributions
It Isn't the Same
Mar 2019
The Children's Museum used to be a family favorite for us. We used to have a membership and attend almost every month, but after they reconstructed, none of us ever want to come back.

Since they remodeled, the museum is very loud, busy and cold. It lacks the nurturing, down-to-earth feel it once had. The cute little city that used to be there has been replaced by walls made out of blue cardboard. The area for small children has been switched out with a bare, dead room for decorating paper. The entrance is extremely busy, empty and both overstimulating and underwhelming. Children are screaming everyhwere and running around like it's a madhouse, which is something that didn't happen when the museum was calm and soft.

The museum used to be creatively supportive, nurturing free play and thinking outside the box. Now there's no room for creativity to happen. There are workers all over, oversupervising and interacting so much with the kids that it's hard to be in your own world. The rooms seem to only have one purpose, not giving much room to creatively play on your own.

The entrance is also confusing. It's hard to know where to go (hint: up the stairs on the left and through the door). They've added a place where you can buy food and gifts, too. It's extremely overpriced, unhealthy and dirty. We couldn't find a single clean table, which was frustrating considering there aren't many there and there are surely enough staff to keep them clean.

It feels like our childhoods are gone.
Written 25 November 2019
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BPuttkammer21
Cottage Grove, MN170 contributions
So many activities for our toddler!
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 9 October 2019
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KathrynJLamp
Saint Paul, MN40 contributions
Great time with a toddler!
Oct 2019
Gloomy, rainy day. Wonderful morning with grandson in the “Sprouts” room. Many activities and I could drink a cup of coffee! So much for kids to do and safe.
Written 6 October 2019
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Curly
Brooklyn Park, MN481 contributions
Prepare to spend a few hours!
Aug 2019
We took our six year old grandson to the museum. He was in awe the minute we drove past and he spotted "The Scramble". The parking ramp has a walkway to the museum (the parking spaces are a bit tight.)
He loved the Scramble and spent quite a bit of time climbing up, sliding down and exploring the four levels. Next came the climbing wall with a green screen, very innovative, then the laser maze adventure. He chose to try and cut through as many laser beams as possible, which at his age was the best choice. We thought the time allowed for each child in the laser maze could have been shortened a bit. Long lines/long waits. Exploring the car wash was also a fun thing and raincoats are provided.

There are many more fun things to do that let the kids use their imaginations so be prepared to spend some time. We were there four hours and still didn't experience everything. We had to continually encourage moving on to another gallery. I asked our grandson which was his favorite and he said there were so many that he couldn't name the best, although he said he loved the Scramble!

Food was a bit pricey. Note to the restaurant, the temperature of the children's mac & cheese was way too hot and our little guy burned his lip. Need to control that temperature a bit.

I would suggest going to their website and review the "Plan Your Visit" section before going.
Written 22 August 2019
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