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CMSM Blog

Here we will share the latest happening at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, including behind-the-scenes exhibit builds, programming, upcoming events, fun activities to do at home, and more!

Safety and Security at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Deb

Safety and Security Improvements at the Museum

The Museum has always identified safety as a core value, leading in the design of its building, exhibits, and play experiences. Our staff keep a close eye on the exhibits as they conduct routine maintenance checks, while our safety committee reviews visitor accidents on a regular basis. These practices lead to continuous improvements. Since the

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Interesting Times: An Update on the Museum Closure Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Louise

Interesting Times: An Update on the Museum Closure

“May you live in interesting times!” keeps coming to mind during this coronavirus pandemic. This certainly is an interesting time for museums and other cultural jewels. To help ensure the safety of staff and its visitors, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) made a hard—but necessary—decision to temporarily close its doors before the direction came

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Ines

Check Out (Quite Literally!) One of These Cool Backpacks!

By now, most parents and caregivers have likely exhausted a long list of ideas to keep children–young and old–occupied and content. Here is something that may help with that! Besides CMSMatHome, a daily prompt for play and hands-on learning, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota now has one more exciting project to offer: Prairie’s Edge

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Molly Playworker butterfly monarch release Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Ines

CMSM Needs You Now More than Ever

  These are hard times. Yet, life’s hardest moments seem to be what draw us closer to the people we love. We have missed you greatly during this global pandemic. The Museum thrives on being a community space, but our community’s wellbeing depends on our doors being closed, with our galleries empty and our ears

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Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening of the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Brittany

CMSM Celebrates 5th Birthday

Today, we celebrate five memorable years of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota! Although CMSM was around long before May 1, 2015, that is the day we officially opened the doors of our current location at 224 Lamm St in downtown Mankato. Oh, the memories that have been made here! Let’s Celebrate! We had big

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Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota Exterior Farmyard view Mankato
CMSM Blog
Brittany

CMSM Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

MAY 20, 2020 UPDATE: The status of CMSM’s temporary closure, including a tentative reopen date, details regarding memberships, and more can be viewed here. In response to the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Museum made the decision to temporarily close to the public on March 15, 2020. The following day, Governor Walz ordered the temporary

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