Exhibits and Environments

Large-scale, physical settings that engage children and adults in interactive, self-directed, shared learning experiences. These year-round activities can be explored over time during multiple visits.

Climber to the Clouds (left) will be the heart of the museum, awing visitors as they enter the spectacular atrium. Higher and higher, kiddos will climb above cityscapes and rivers, exploring and interacting to learn about weather systems and even create their own rain, thunder, wind, and rainbows. Climber to the Clouds is proudly sponsored by Coborn Family Foundation.

Great Big River (middle) meanders along as museum goers learn about the importance of water as habitat, a means of transportation for commerce as well as a lifeline and sacred space for communities. Rest assured, you’ll get wet! Great Big River is proudly sponsored by Barbara and Rollie Anderson.

Headwaters (right) ushers in all that is inspiring about the outdoors in Minnesota. The call of Loons, crackling of a campfire, leaves whispering on a light breeze. This exhibit will share the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Headwaters is proudly sponsored by Cross Works Foundation.

The Extraordinary Power of Play.

From birth, children practice and develop a wide range of skills as they play, explore, discover, and learn. Play encourages critical thinking and problem solving, cross-cultural competence, creative thinking, collaboration, persistence, communication and curiosity.

It’s essential to family and community life. Great River Children’s Museum will deliver learning experiences through five platforms:


Workshops, performances, drop-in programs, camps and field trips that engage children and adults in active hands-on exploration.


Collaboration with multiple partners in seasonally inspired activities that allow the museum to better serve its audience. Initiatives offer the museum an opportunity to respond to timely issues, build awareness around a topic, or deepen its impact.


Activities that connect selected museum offerings with children, parents, caregivers, and educators at parks and festivals, in schools, and other community venues. Outreach extends the museum’s reach across the region to increase its access.

Community spaces

Spaces that bring people together for co-learning opportunities, group gatherings, birthdays, corporate outings, and more.

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