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Reopening FAQs

Welcome back to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota! When you visit after the Museum reopens, there will be some new procedures and policies in place during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for the health and safety of our guests and staff. We encourage you to read through our FAQs below so you and your family know what you’ll experience upon arrival.

Q: When is the Museum open?

A: CMSM has now resumed our usual (pre-COVID) operating hours:

  • Sunday: 9am-4pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9am-4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-4pm
  • Thursday: 9am-7pm
  • Friday: 9am-4pm
  • Saturday: 9am-4pm

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Q: Does the museum sell daily admission tickets online?

A: No, the Museum does not sell daily admission tickets online. To gain entrance into the Museum, guests must check-in/purchase tickets in person at the Front Desk upon arrival. 

Q: Is the Museum taking reservations?

A: No*. The Museum is currently not offering/requiring any pre-ticketing programs or time-slot reservations for small groups. All admission will be allowed until we reach our limited capacity count.

*For larger group reservations, please contact group.visits@cmsouthernmn.org for more information.

Q: What is your mask policy?

A: UPDATED 5/13/21: The CMSM is following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding masks:

Fully vaccinated persons can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing.

Unvaccinated people are at risk of mild or severe illness, death, and risk of spreading the disease to others and are advised to continue to wear masks and socially distance.

Museum staff will continue to maintain a clean and safe environment.

Q: Do you have contact-free check in?

A: Yes! Members can download the “eMembership Card” app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading the app, click “Find my membership cards” and enter your information to get your electronic membership cards. Simply present the bar code to the front desk worker to complete contact-free check in! Going forward, the Museum will no longer be printing physical membership cards.

Q: What kinds of cleaning protocols is the Museum undertaking due to COVID-19?

A: The Museum prides itself on its high standards as a clean space for children and families to play. We will be ramping up our daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and our after-hours deep cleaning of all loose parts, props and exhibits to keep our Museum safe for families and staff.

Q: Which exhibits are open/closed?

A: At this time, all exhibits are open with some modifications to ensure social distancing and allow for proper cleaning. We are excited to share three new exhibits: Energy: Powered by Play, as well as a touch-free exhibit called Lights, Camera, Action! on the Lauri Kuch Memorial Stage and an Interactive Floor in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft. In addition, exhibits in the Ag and Nature Lab change monthly and feature a variety of interactive experience for children to learn about agriculture and nature. Please keep in mind that the Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts may pose special challenges for social distancing.

Q: Will the Museum host birthday parties in 2021?

A: Birthday parties will be considered on an individual bases. Please check our website for updates to this policy.