Any day is a great day to visit the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota!

Some children love bustle, excitement, and playing with lots of new kids. Others thrive in calmer, less stimulated environments. You can plan your visit to meet your child’s individual personality.

Week days are generally quieter than weekends.  Late afternoon and evening hours tend to be calmer. If weekends work best for you family, Sundays are less busy than Saturdays. We host more school groups in the spring semester, most often during mid-morning hours. Wednesday mornings are always reserved for our youngest Museum visitors and Toddler Wednesday activities, so no group visits are scheduled during Wednesday mornings. We’re always busier on days when area schools are closed, see the Mankato Area Public Schools calendar for more details.

The Museum is Currently Closed

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is temporarily closed.


Daily admission is $9 per person, ages 1 year+

Children under the age of 1 year old receive free admission. Discounts are available for educators, members of the military, and those who qualify for our Access programs. Memberships are a great way to save on admission! All memberships include unlimited access to the Museum during regular hours plus additional benefits – all for only $9 a month!

Tips for a great trip

Our advice and helpful information to make your visit one for the memory books.

  • A typical visit is 1-3 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to explore.
  • Our exhibits are designed for children, newborn to age 10.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver, age 16+.
  • You can leave and come back the same day. Just let front desk staff know you plan to return.
  • Lockers are available to store items you don’t want to carry. Lockers are free for members, or $1 for non-members.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Museum. Service dogs are always welcome.
  • Please note: the Museum is not an allergen-free environment.

The Museum is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Winter Weather Policy

For the safety of our guests and staff during severe winter weather, the Museum will close for blizzard warnings and extreme cold/dangerous temperatures. Closings related to winter storms or winter storm warnings will be announced via Facebook, email, and on our website as soon as they are determined.

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Museum Calendar

View our calendar for special events, programming, STEAM in Cecil's Imagineering Loft schedule, and more.

Group Visits

Visit our Museum and discover the many exciting opportunities to engage in hands-on learning that await your group.


The Children's Museum is a place for everyone to play, learn, and grow. Learn more about CMSM's commitment as a place for ALL.

Parties & Rentals

Host a party in our Community Room during regular hours or rent the whole facility after hours for a truly unique event!

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