Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester is now Spark!

Local community and business leaders join the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester on a cross-country tour of innovative museums.

This week the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester is hosting a five day cross-country tour of six innovative museums. Fourteen local community and business leaders are accompanying the museum to offer diverse perspectives on the site visits. Following the trip, the participants will reconvene to share their findings and explore how those insights can strengthen the evolution of the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester.

“These visits will facilitate multi-industry perspectives on a broad range of children’s, science, and health museum models through the lens of Rochester’s unique assets,” said Heidi Mestad, Director of the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester. “Our goal is to build on our understanding of best practices, new technologies and educational models as we shape the future museum’s purpose, partnerships and place.

The group will visit the Thinkery (Austin, TX), The Health Museum (Houston, TX), the Children’s Museum of Houston (Houston, TX), the Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA), the Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA) and the Children’s Creativity Museum (San Francisco, CA).

Participants include leadership from Mayo Clinic, IBM, Rochester Visitor and Convention Bureau, and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce; educational and developmental institutions such as Winona State University and Rochester Public Schools; owners and CEO’s of local businesses including Paramark Real-Estate, Custom Alarm and Area 10 Labs; as well as staff, board and committee members from Minnesota Children’s Museum of St. Paul and Rochester.

Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester appreciates the support and investment of the individual businesses as well as the private donors that are sponsoring the museum staff and the board, making opportunities like this possible.

To learn more about the journey, follow us on social media by using #MCMRgoes.

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