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Field Trips +

Group Visits

Come Play with us!

At the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, our mission is to ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment. Visit our galleries and discover the many exciting opportunities to engage in hands-on learning that await your group.

  • Group visits must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Group visits can be scheduled during regular hours, with the exception of Wednesday mornings.
  • 1 adult chaperone per 5 children is required, but we offer free admission for up to 3 adults per 1 child. Additional adult chaperones are welcome at the group rate.
  • Groups may be between 10 and 100 children, but we strongly encourage groups over 50 to consider multiple visits in smaller groups.
  • Guided programs for group visits are limited to 25 children per session, with a maximum of 3 sessions per visit.
  • We require 1 collective payment for all of the children and adults in the group. The Museum accepts all major credit cards, checks, and cash.
  • Family memberships, day passes, and coupons may not be used for group visits.
  • Reduced rates may be available to eligible groups. Please inquire about eligibility when booking your visit.

Prices Start At

$4/person

Visit Duration

1.5-2 Hours

Group Size

10+

Field Trips and group visits to the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota

Group Visit Options

Explore the Museum’s exhibits on your own with a self-guided visit or add a guided program to your experience!

Self-Guided

$4/child

Self-guided visits include an introduction to the Museum from a Museum staff member and up to 2 hours of time in the Museum. Available all year.

Guided Groups

$7/child

Visits with a guided program are also 2 hours in length, with 45 minutes of that time designated for a themed guided program session with Museum Educators. Available October through August.

Additional Information

Accessibility

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota strives to be a place that is accessible to all visitors. All entrances are accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs and the Museum has a lift for visitors with limited mobility to access Cecil’s Imagineering Loft. Service animals are welcome in the Museum. Groups are encouraged to share information about how the Museum can help make a visit successful when scheduling a visit. Group visitors are also encouraged to review the Museum’s School Group Social Story together to prepare for a visit.

Lunches

The Museum’s has space available to reserve by groups who wish to eat lunches or snacks on-site. Groups may not eat lunches or snacks inside the main floor exhibit areas or Café during regular Museum hours. There is a fee of $25.00 to reserve a space for up to 1 hour of use for a maximum of 50 people. Availability is limited, so groups are encouraged to contact the Museum as early as possible to reserve this space.

Parking and Transportation

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Museum for cars and vans. Group organizers should make arrangements with van and/or bus drivers to drop off and pick up students from the Kato Engineering School Group Entrance on Lamm Street. Limited bus parking is available on Lamm Street on the side of the street closest to the Museum.

Photography

Please be respectful of other visitors when you take photos inside the Museum. The Museum takes photos of group activities for use in communications. Please let Museum staff know if you or any member of your group wishes not to be photographed.

Safety and Supervision

For the safety of all visitors to the Museum, we do not allow any adults in the Museum who are not accompanied by children or a staff chaperone, and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Group chaperones are asked to stay with their group members during the entire visit and are responsible for ensuring that group members follow Museum guidelines during the visit. Adults who are supervising children who are not group members are not counted as chaperones for the group and may be asked to pay regular Museum admission fees.

Questions?

If you or a member of your group needs assistance during your visit, please ask any staff member on the Museum floor. Please report any accidents or emergency situations to Museum staff immediately, so that they may contact the appropriate emergency responders and provide assistance. Have questions? Please send us an email!

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