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Our Mission:

Ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment

PLAY. It's what we do.

MUSEUM HOURS

Daily Admission: $13/person

Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ADMISSION: $13/PERSON over 12 months

A membership to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota includes unlimited access to the Museum’s galleries during regular business hours, special discounts in the Museum gift shop, and invitations to exclusive members-only events for less than $13 a month! The Museum offers a variety of membership packages to suit the needs of individuals, families, and groups.

Browse the Museum’s membership packages to find an option that works best for you. Contact Museum staff for further details.

Become a member of Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota and enjoy unlimited family time!
We want your art!
Sparking our inner child

Welcome to an awe-inspiring event where adults come together to unleash their imagination and craftsmanship through PLAY! Sparking their inner child, teams of 6 will use an array of loose parts to design and build extraordinary exhibits. Spectators are invited to witness their craft firsthand, cheering them on as they bring their visions to life. With interactive experiences, themed challenges, and opportunities for collaboration, this event promises to ignite creativity and foster teamwork like never before.

Ignite Your Child's Curiosity With

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 2024

Pollinator Explorers

Join us at CMSM in the Butterfly House to learn more out the importance of pollinators, the lifecycle of the Monarch and Painted Lady, and the Minnesota native nectar and host plants that feed and home our butterfly friends! Weekly Theme: 07/02 – Pollinator Plants- Nectar and Host Plants 07/04 – CLOSED 07/09 and 07/11- […]
25 Jul
9:00 am - 11:00 am

STEAM Fridays

Join us at the museum for an immersive STEAM experience each Friday morning running from June 7th – August 23rd. This program takes place outside (weather permitting) from 9am-11am Experience the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – this program is created for all ages that visit the museum. Weekly Themes: July 5 […]
26 Jul
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pollinator Explorers

Join us at CMSM in the Butterfly House to learn more out the importance of pollinators, the lifecycle of the Monarch and Painted Lady, and the Minnesota native nectar and host plants that feed and home our butterfly friends! Weekly Theme: 07/02 – Pollinator Plants- Nectar and Host Plants 07/04 – CLOSED 07/09 and 07/11- […]
30 Jul
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Baby Play

The goal of this program is to provide infants and toddlers a great opportunity for social connection and play in an aw inspiring environment. Each week will highlight a different play schema or area of development to guide the play invitation that will be facilitated by museum staff. In addition, each 4th Tuesday will include […]
30 Jul
10:00 am - 11:30 am
We've got the beat in Cecils Imagineering STEAM loft at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

Young Explorers

This program is for all age groups that are visiting the Museum. Activities are inspired by place, seasons, nature, play schemas and child development. On the 2nd Wednesday each month the Young Explorer Program activities are inspired by one of the six areas of wellness (Move, Relax, Eat Well, Sleep, Maintain, Discover) MCHS Family Medicine […]
31 Jul
9:30 am - 11:00 am
North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile

Bookmobile

The North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile makes weekly stops at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3pm. Join us for story time on the Lauri Kuch Memorial Stage each week!
31 Jul
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 2024

Pollinator Explorers

Join us at CMSM in the Butterfly House to learn more out the importance of pollinators, the lifecycle of the Monarch and Painted Lady, and the Minnesota native nectar and host plants that feed and home our butterfly friends! Weekly Theme: 07/02 – Pollinator Plants- Nectar and Host Plants 07/04 – CLOSED 07/09 and 07/11- […]
01 Aug
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Lions Club KidSight Screening

The Lake Crystal Lions Club will visit the Children’s Museum on August 1 from 2-6pm for FREE vision screenings for Museum members or paid admission guests on these days. Lions KidSight USA is a nationwide program bringing Lions clubs across the country together to ensure our children receive eye screenings and follow-up care when needed.
01 Aug
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mayo Clinic Healthy Habits all summer long at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

MCHS Healthy Habits

MCHS Healthy Habits – Eating Healthy and Back to School Routines Eating healthy and back to school routines- Joined by Mayo Clinic Health System Residents and Providers, we will be trying out healthy snack options right from the garden and talking about routines and staying healthy with school right around the corner! Sponsored by:
02 Aug
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Exhibits

At the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, each exhibit is intentionally designed as a robust educational resource that contributes to the well-being of children and the community. Our exhibits are created with an understanding of children’s development and based on local settings and landmarks with play potential for children, their parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers to explore, think, discover, learn, and enjoy.

Explore

Children learn best through hands-on play.

Discover

The Museum environment captivates children with a wide variety of interactive exhibits.

Think

Young minds need challenges and experiences to grow!

Learn

Exhibits are thoughtfully designed to spark curiosity and imagination.

Enjoy

Not only is play an incredible source of fun, but it is also crucial to children’s well-being.

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Impact Stories

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"A Place for Everyone"

“The Children’s Museum is a place where everyone can and be welcome and find some thing that they’re interested in. If you’ve never been here, I’d say get down here right away!”

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"I can’t explain how grateful I am for the Children's Museum"

“I love that my kids can come to the Children’s Museum, be creative and imaginative and make friends in the process. We visit weekly and every time we leave each of my four kids has made a new friend.”

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