After 20 years, time’s up for old exhibits at Children’s Museum

Can an exhibit at a museum be considered iconic? Perhaps it depends on how many kids grew up crawling over, under, and around it.

Using that definition of questionable science, three exhibits at Minnesota’s Children’s Museum, qualify as iconic.

And they’re soon to depart us.

The museum is closing Earth World, where you can be an ant…

… Habitot…

… and World Works.

Kids grow up, times change, and we figure out how they tick a little more. The museum, in the middle of a $30 million expansion and renovation, is replacing the typical exhibits that tell kids what to do with ones that let them get wet and make a mess.

The exhibits close this month. The museum will close in December and have its grand reopening in April.

In the meantime, the museum is asking people to post pictures on Twitter of their kids over the 20 years the exhibits have been open.

  • Jack

    No – not the water tables! Our son spent tons of time there when he was young. Soaking wet but happy as could be. Nothing like seeing the ping pong balls flyng up the tubes.

    The museum membership was used a lot – especially in the winter time. Definitely got our money’s worth.

    Hard to believe it was so many years ago. Great memories.

    • 212944

      The water area was always packed when we had a membership, between three and eight years ago. Might’ve been the busiest place in the entire museum, visit-after-visit over the years.

    • Bob Ingrassia

      Even though the water tables in World Works are going away (last day is Aug. 14), we’re going to be opening a new permanent air & water play experience called Forces at Play on Aug. 27. This will have tables for building ping-pong ball launchers, a water cascade wall, a crazy car wash area with sprayers, brushes and other gizmos. So plenty of opportunity for kids to tackles some fun challenges — and get a bit wet in the process. [I’m the marketing/communications guy at the museum.]

  • Jack Ungerleider

    As a long time volunteer at the Science Museum I can with some certainty answer the question “are some exhibits iconic?” The answer is yes. I spent almost 7 years up the street from the Children’s Museum at the prior location of SMM. I’ve been at the current location for over 15 years. In all the time I’ve been there volunteers are trained about certain Frequently Asked Questions. Three have to do with iconic exhibits at the Science Museum: The Mummy (which has moved around), the musical stairs (which haven’t 😉 and Iggy the Iguana.

    We are also currently in the middle of some major renovations, change is necessary.