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The Magic City Discovery Center is a 501©(3) non-profit, incorporated as Children’s Museum of Minot, Inc. doing business as Magic City Discovery Center committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. 

Starting in 2013, a visionary community children’s museum group succeeded in establishing a children’s museum in Minot to serve the greater North Dakota region. The STEAM focused education center is a creativity sanctuary where children will be challenged to solve problems and gain life skills while playing in a fun and safe environment. 


The Magic City Discovery Center is a direct result of public-private partnerships with the City of Minot, Minot Park District, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation - Department of Defense, the State of North Dakota, and numerous supporters from regional businesses, foundations, and individuals.

mission & Vision

To engage children and families in the magic of lifelong learning through discovery, creativity and play.


The Magic City Discovery Center will become a destination to bring children, their families and caregivers together in an interactive environment that inspires creativity, encourages play and enhances education.

Core Values

  • MCDC will be an educational opportunity for all.

  • MCDC will remain curious, creative, playful and fun in celebration of the wonderment of childhood.

  • MCDC will promote family engagement by creating extraordinary learning experiences.

  • MCDC will be a catalyst, in collaboration with organizations and institutions, for community engagement.

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Full-time staff

Wendy keller

Amy Rietveld

Maren Vangsness

Dan Sexton

Karen Langemo

Tessia Samuelson

Keegan Meeks

Sarah Malachowski

Sara Brentrup

McKenzi Paddock

BOARD of directors

Board of Directors
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