Children’s Museums Grants Awardees

November 2019 – October 2021

Total Awardees: 8
Total Awarded: $1,200,000
Total Cities: 8

Children's Discovery Museum - $158,000

Grand Rapids

Financial support (scholarships) for classroom/community field trips and bussing will be available to allow children of all abilities and ethnicities to have a museum experience. A portion of the funding will be allocated to new exhibits that will be determined by staff, consultants, & the community Advisory Board based on their findings during Year One.

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota – $256,000


The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) will establish new exhibits to enhance Arts and Cultural Heritage learning at the Museum, expand existing exhibits with additions designed to enrich Arts and Cultural Heritage learning experiences, and embark upon a community engagement process aimed at forging deeper connections with diverse constituencies.

Duluth Children's Museum - $69,000


Arts and cultural program access is a major focus of this project. Several rotating exhibits in the Exhibit Hall will be highly interactive, with a focus on art, creativity, and problem solving. This year’s selected Artist in Residence program, “Playing with Letters,” highlights the work of University of Minnesota Duluth Professor of Graphic Design and typography artist David Short in an interactive experience where visitors will explore the creation, observation, and practice of graphic design.

Great River Children's Museum - $230,000

St. Cloud

The Great River Children’s Museum (GRCM) START-UP Project will focus on the critical next steps that GRCM must take as an emerging children’s museum with a site and an existing building that needs to be repurposed from a bank to a children’s museum. Start-up activities that would be supported by Minnesota Legacy Funds include: The hiring of a Museum Development Director, Community Engagement activities and Exhibit and Program Development.

Otter Cove Children's Museum - $137,000

Fergus Falls

The activities and exhibits that will be completed with this funding include the exhibit design, building and installation of a miniature downtown Fergus Falls, the completion of an art and maker space, specific outsourced elements for the farm and field room, scenic byway map, and interactive art installations from emerging and established regional artists.

Region 5 Children’s Museum - $188,455


Residents and visitors will have opportunities to enjoy and benefit from 60 programming events in at least 20 communities over the 18-month grant cycle. In addition, local engagement specialists will bring programming directly to at least 100 participants experiencing significant participation barriers. Artwork, stories, and other participant-generated content will be collected and recorded to inform and to be integrated into the design and development of future children’s museum’s exhibits, environments, and programs. The children museum will engage communities of all ethnicities, abilities, and incomes and will pay special attention to reaching community members experiencing participation barriers.

The Works Museum - $121,545


Through the We Are All Engineers project, The Works Museum will leverage the organization’s expertise in elementary engineering education and the cultural knowledge of community partners to co-create and deliver new elementary education programs that align with the cultural benchmarks in the Minnesota State Science Standards introduced in June 2019. The Works Museum will create opportunities for visitors to interact with engineered objects from the Dakota, Ojibwe, Hmong, Mexican, and Somali cultures. Children will explore these objects through open-ended play: touching, trying, examining, and investigating. They will also experience stories about how these cultures engineer and learn the cultural context behind material choice and function of the objects.

Wheel and Cog - Children's Museum of Hutchinson - $40,000


Project, “It takes a Village,” involves community outreach development, updates to brochures with current information and class offerings, and improved cohesive signage inside and out of the museum space. Feedback continues from community and guests that improved signage is needed to locate the museum. Through working with the city of Hutchinson, we will plan to create a tasteful sign for guests to locate the museum.