The Children's Discovery Museum offers museum goers a blend of permanent and changing educational exhibits. All exhibits are open during museum hours.
This hands on exhibit lets you excavate your own dinosaurs!
Push her button and Treesa will tell you all about the forest.
Get up close and see a replica of a dam on the Mississippi River. Young engineers learn a few fundamentals of hydro-physics as they control the flow of the water through the dam and observe its effects on boats traveling the river.
New "lake: exhibit will be transformed into one of Itasca County's 1000 lakes and will feature a log cabin, fishing boat, dock, swampland obstacle course, and an elevated "yurt" with a slide. There is also a child-sized theater with a stage curtain for dramatic presentations. Science content will include life cycles, invasive species that threaten our lakes, food chains, water quality, ground water and identification of fish and species.
Mounts of game birds and animals from Northern Minnesota and Africa make a popular display for young visitors to the museum. There are over forty creatures displayed and many are full body mounts! We have a lion, deer, bear, crocodile and much more!
Discover the joy of creating original works of art or cleverly designed contraptions. With over 2000 wooden blocks they will help children stimulate the imagintation, develope creative problem solving, teach balance and geometry. People from all ages from toddler- adults are captivated by the open-ended possibilities of KEVA constructions.
This 2,000 square foot Art Room offers several
creative activities for visiting school groups, as
well as walk-ins.
Enter a child-sized town where children bring the village to life with imaginative play. They can pretend to be doctors, musicians, firefighters, mail carriers, train engineers, construction workers, florists, and bakers. Children can also enjoy caring for babies, shopping for groceries, or working in a snack bar.
Internationally acclaimed doll maker Faith Wick has donated 200 of her hand-crafted storybook and nursery rhyme creations for display. They are beautifully arranged in detailed dioramas. Kids can complete a scavenger hunt by searching th scenes and answering the questions.
Made to look like a hedge maze, this activity will appeal to the youngest visitors to the museum. They can practice the alphabet as they travel from letter to letter in the maze. An open area at the front with toddler toys in perfect for tiny tots.
Life size replicas of a Triceratops and a T-Rex skull are hands on exhibits. Kids can also compare their foot to that of a T-Rex. Can you look at their teeth and figure out which one is a meat-eater?
The museum has a large interactive map of the
United States. Children add state capitols by attaching them with velcro to the correct state. We also have a similar activity featuring United States Presidents and another one that teaches the kids the bones of the body.
If you're looking for unique gifts or just a keepsake of your visit to the museum, you'll find it in our gift shop. CDM's store offers interesting and educational items that reflect the various exhibits and capture the imaginations of children. Don't forget to check out our toys, puzzles, books, and games! Museum members receive a 10% discount.