2012-2013 Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester
$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for grants to the Minnesota Children's Museum. These amounts are for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.Up to one percent of funds may be used by the commissioner for grants administration.
Minnesota Children's Museum opened a satellite location in Rochester, where residents of this fast-growing region will experience playful learning opportunities for years to come. An appropriation from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund provided two years of start-up and operations costs for the 5,000 square foot Museum.
- Children's Museum in Rochester will expand Minnesotans' access to early learning experiences and arts activities in a community with previously limited opportunities
- The Museum will increase the number of children and families actively engaging in arts and cultural learning in Rochester and the southeast region of the state
- Serve the Rochester and surrounding community and grow over time
- Increase the attractiveness of Rochester as a favorable place to live, learn, run a business and raise a family
For more information on Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester, please visit Minnesota Children's Museum Legacy funding page.
Betsy D. Buehrer,
Please see individual projects for measurable outcomes.
Upon learning of State support for the Rochester project, the Museum implemented changes to our governance, staffing and operations structure to effectively expand our capacity. Initial exhibit, program, IT, marketing and communication plans have been launched for the opening. The Museum recently signed a lease agreement on a 5,000 square foot space that will provide engaging learning experiences for up to 30,000 anticipated visitors in the first year of operation. The address of the new Museum is 1643 ½ North Broadway, River Center plaza, MN 55906 and the new phone number is 507-218-3100. We are currently planning the appropriate renovations, updates, and layouts in order to launch later in the winter of 2012.
Per Minnesota Laws, 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 6, is for grants to the Minnesota Children's Museum. These amounts are for arts, arts education, and arts access and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.