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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.

CMSM is open!

The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota reopened its doors on Wednesday, January 13. Come play!

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NEW HOURS ARE:

Sunday 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

All visitors ages 5 and up will be required to wear a face mask.

ADMISSION: $9/PERSON, AGES 1+

Encourage your children to explore the outdoors with a Prairie’s Edge Exploration Backpack filled with all the tools needed for discovery and observation. These backpacks are available for free two-week checkout (small deposit required) thanks to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources No Child Left Inside mini grant. Read more about the backpacks and how to use them here!

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 only $9 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.

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Our Story

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is a place for all children to play, learn, and grow. Each exhibit and program is specifically designed to facilitate an optimal experience for every child.

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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.

Think

Young minds need challenges and experiences to grow!

Discover

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

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

"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!”

"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.”

What people are saying about CMSM

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CMSM is Reopening on October 1!

We’ve missed you. So. Much. It is with immeasurable joy we announce that the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota will be reopening at 9am on October 1 on a limited schedule and with new safety protocols in place. Before you plan your visit, please read through the full COVID-19 Reopening FAQs here, but I’ll highlight

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