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Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum is a non-profit community organization located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. The Museum mission statement is “sparking children’s learning through play”, providing an environment where children can touch, climb, splash, crawl, push, pull and press it all. Children ages six months through 10 years and their adult guests can explore seven galleries filled with hands-on adventures.

Admission for all ages is $8.95. The museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Friday 9:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. The museum is also open on Mondays 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

On December 12, 1981, the first children entered the original Children’s Museum in downtown Minneapolis. Known as “Minnesota’s AwareHouse”, the museum allowed children to experience the innovative idea of hands–on children’s museums. Children who visited the museum have found creative, colorful, educational, safe environments to explore Discovered galleries and programs based on principles of learning. The museum founders, Marialice Harwood, Kate Donaldson and Suzanne Payne, built a museum based on the philosophy that there would be no “Do not touch” signs. During the first year, the museum had 65,000 visitors.