Play is the best way to learn, and at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, we know play. Here at the CMSM, 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.
It’s never too early to learn about managing money!
Dig, grapple, move, mix and fly in the CMSM’s newest rotating exhibit, Dig It! Your child is in the driver’s seat as they learn about building roads, flying drones, operating heavy equipment (including a tower crane and mini excavator!) and so much more.
The Butterfly House at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota expands nature-based play with a seasonal exhibit where children and families can enjoy the beauty of native butterflies in their natural environment.
A Northwoods Winter
Our most popular seasonal exhibit returns each fall, making the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota an always-popular destination during the cold months in Minnesota.