CMSM is open!

New Museum hours:

Sunday (CLOSED April 4) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Face masks required

Museum staff and ALL visitors age 5 and above are required to wear masks that cover their mouth and noses while in the museum building and outdoor exhibit space. For the safety of guests and staff, the museum reserves the right to deny admittance to anyone unwilling or unable to comply with the mask mandate (including those with medical conditions). Masks are available for purchase on-site from the Museum gift shop.


Daily admission is $9 per person, ages 1 year+

Children under the age of 1 year old receive free admission. Discounts are available for educators, members of the military, and those who qualify for our Access programs. Memberships are a great way to save on admission! All memberships include unlimited access to the Museum during regular hours plus additional benefits – all for only $9 a month!

Tips for a great trip

Our advice and helpful information to make your visit one for the memory books.

  • A typical visit is 1-3 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to explore.
  • Our exhibits are designed for children, newborn to age 10.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver, age 16+.
  • You can leave and come back the same day. Just let front desk staff know you plan to return.
  • Lockers are available to store items you don’t want to carry. Lockers are free for members, or $1 for non-members.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Museum. Service dogs are always welcome.
  • Please note: the Museum is not an allergen-free environment.

The Museum is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Winter Weather Policy

For the safety of our guests and staff during severe winter weather, the Museum will close for blizzard warnings and extreme cold/dangerous temperatures. Closings related to winter storms or winter storm warnings will be announced via Facebook, email, and on our website as soon as they are determined.

Explore more

View upcoming programs and events, learn more about group visits, book a birthday party, and more.

Museum Calendar

View our calendar for special events and programming. Please note that STEAM in Cecil's Imagineering Loft is currently paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Group Visits

We are currently offering Group Visits on a case-by-base basis. Please reach out to group.visits@cmsouthernmn.org for more info, or click Learn More.


The Children's Museum is a place for everyone to play, learn, and grow. Learn more about CMSM's commitment as a place for ALL.

Parties & Rentals

We are offering Birthday Parties or Facility Rentals on a case-by-case basis this time. Please reach out to group.visits@cmsouthernmn.org for more info, or click Click Here.