Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

A nonprofit organization

$1,005 raised by 6 donors

50% complete

$2,000 Goal

About the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Located in historic downtown Mankato, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is on a mission to ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the two-level Makers Space, and with a towering Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there’s plenty to do and see for children of all ages — all within a safe, inviting and comfortable space. 

Give the Gift of Awe!

Every donation  — big and small — helps to ensure every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and play in a safe, educational, and nurturing environment. Your support of the Museum provides critical funding necessary for programs, exhibits, and ongoing operation of the Museum. Equally important, gifts also help subsidize Gateway to Play memberships, reduced-rate school group visits, and free events, which make the Museum accessible to all families in our region.

  • $52 provides four family members admission for one day
  • $155 provides a one-year membership for a family in need
  • $500 invites you to join our Ignite Society! Learn more:
  • $7,500 helps develop exciting rotating exhibits

PLAY cannot happen without YOU. 

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is committed to ensuring all children and families have opportunities to experience the joy of learning through the power of play at the Museum, regardless of income, language, cultural factors, ability, or special needs. The Museum understands that some children and families experience barriers to participation and offers many ways for these valued community members to enjoy the exhibits and programs free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through its Gateway to Play initiatives.

Learn More! 

Your support positively affects the lives of our area youth. Read on to learn what our members have to say about how a Museum membership has impacted them:

 My son was born with a severe heart defect. With such expensive medical costs, we aren’t able to afford many family outings. A membership will not only keep our children active, but also to ensure that they are learning through play.” 

 “I am a single mom, part-time student, and also work part-time at 2 jobs. My son is 2 and I believe that he could learn so much more while playing and interacting with children his age at the Children’s Museum.”


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Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

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Arts & Culture Children & Family


224 Lamm Street
Mankato, MN 56001



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