Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota224 Lamm Street
Mankato, MN 56001
The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community.
Newly opened at its fantastic, and permanent location in Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the Whiz Bang exhibit, and with a towering Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there's plenty to do and see -- all within a safe, inviting, and comfortable space.
The Children's Museum of Minnesota exists thanks to the support of dozens of businesses, hundreds of families, many wonderful volunteers, and the entire Greater Mankato community. Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the Museum at its previous locations since 2009. With the continued help and enthusiasm of all who have supported us, we can't wait to put smiles on many more faces -- for generations to come.
Hours & Dates
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
- Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm
- Daily admission: $8.00
- Children 12 months and under: FREE
- Family Membership/1 year: $108.00
$8 per person; free for children 12 months and under. Annual memberships starting at $108 for the whole family.
LEED Silver Certification
- Eco-friendly landscape/facility design
- Eco-friendly purchasing practices
- Energy efficiency/conservation
- Organic or local food & beverage choices
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Water conservation/wastewater management plan
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
- Exhibit space (sq ft): 11,000
- Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
- Number of meeting rooms: 1
I went with my kids, ages 7&9. I was a little worried that there might not be enough to interest my 9 year old, but we all had a great time! When we first got there it was raining so the outside area...
— siobhanr735, June 30, 2022
I took my 4 & 6 year old here and it was the perfect way to spend a couple of hours. They could have stayed longer. They had a nice variety of activities and some of which I had never seen at a...
— lahanson, April 15, 2020
for the cost, it was perfect. It was small enough with enough stations for kids to run and play, yet be able to keep them busy. It was worth it for us to go play for 1-2 hours with the kids. We...
— Gina K, March 14, 2020
Met some family here in July and was a bit worried about whether our 2 year old would be entertained with a museum. He is a really rambunctious, active kid so naturally a museum wouldn't be the...
— Lynn W, July 13, 2019
Lots of different activities for the kids to do. Sometimes they have special events.
It is fairly expensive as you have to pay for the adults too.
You can buy a membership.
— MNSWF, May 12, 2019