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Who We Are & What We Do

Nestled in the heart of the Red River Valley region, the Grand Forks Children's Museum stands as a symbol of community connection and inspiration. It's a sanctuary where dreams are nurtured, designed to ignite the sparks of curiosity and creativity in visitors, young and old. With a commitment to engaging minds in the thrill of discovery, the museum artfully combines educational exhibits and interactive play areas, such as the inclusive Destination Playground, providing a rich, varied experience throughout the year.

Mission-driven, the museum focuses on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) to highlight our regional industries and resources, encouraging hands-on exploration. 


With 30,000 sq. ft. dedicated to fostering imagination, the space includes a mix of permanent and rotating exhibits, a multi-level play structure, and areas for family programming and events. It serves as a canvas for learning, play, and community gatherings.

By emphasizing exploration, education, and equality, the museum provides transformative experiences and ensures accessibility for all visitors, regardless of physical or financial barriers. 

Its commitment to engagement and excellence nurtures collaborations and partnerships, enhancing the quality of life in our region through family entertainment, supporting local tourism, and celebrating our cultural history.


The Grand Forks Children's Museum is more than a building—it's a dynamic hub for innovative learning, a gathering place for families to forge lasting memories, and a catalyst for regional growth. It stands as a testament to the community's commitment to lifelong learning, creativity, and the collective spirit of our times, while paving the way for future generations to explore, dream, and discover.

Our Values

Our 2024 Goals

Continue Community Outreach

Secure Funds

Complete Planning Phase


$5.2 Million




According to the 2020 Grand Forks Metropolitan Statistical Area Retail and Attractions Economic Analysis, there is a $5.2 million demand for museums, historical sites, and similar institutions within our region. Due to a lack of cultural attractions, 89% of our community leaves the region to seek out cultural entertainment, resulting in an economic impact loss of $4.6 million annually. With the addition of the Center for Exploration and Exploration Playground, we could lessen that gap significantly and keep this money in the region.

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