We are thrilled to be moving forward with construction in just a few short months and will be ready to welcome our first visitors in 2022! Please consider a donation to help us open our doors.

Wendy Keller Executive Director

CELEBRATING A GIANT LEAP

 

Since 2013, we have taken significant steps toward creating a children’s museum in North Dakota.  Our public-private partnership with the City of Minot and Minot Park District, together with generous support from regional businesses, foundations and individuals, expressed the enthusiastic desire to bring the Magic City Discovery Center to our region.  In fall 2020, the Office of Economic Adjustment and Department of Defense awarded us a $6.3 million grant, adding a giant leap to our steady steps! 

 

ESTABLISHING A FIRM FOUNDATION

 

The dream of a discovery center began in a brainstorming session about community and regional needs.  The spark of an idea ignited a fire of enthusiasm in a small group of passionate volunteers who worked tirelessly to successfully organize and operate the Magic City Discovery Center in an interim location for four winters, drawing over 20,000 visitors.  By the end of those four years, our visitors had spoken!  They wanted an innovative and permanent children’s museum.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

 

Construction begins this spring and this spectacular building will be complete by the end of 2022!  With help from donors to our new, focused Launch Campaign, funding the behind-the-scenes costs (furnishings, staff, computers . . . everything down to the garbage cans), we will Open the Doors to you!  But you don’t have to wait until then to experience the STEAM-based learning opportunities of this children’s museum.  Currently we offer Discovery on the Go!, an outreach program able to bring engaging education directly to you in your school or community.  Reach out to us, then watch for the Magic City Discovery Center trailer coming to your area soon!

A MESSAGE FROM THE MCDC BOARD PRESIDENT

Karen Rasmusson Board President

"What a year we have been through in 2020! Our community has risen to the challenge and with the help of so many, we will begin construction of the Magic City Discovery Center next spring! Through our public-private partnership and the support of OEA, DoD and many others, we will be opening a 22,000 square-foot building that will house 12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) based exhibit galleries where families will be able to explore, interact, have fun and learn. As Dr. Suess said, “Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.  Oh the places you will see! There is fun to be done!”

We will continue to need your support as we launch our new campaign to prepare for opening the doors of MCDC in 2022. Please consider us in this season of Thanksgiving and Hope as we work to make the Magic City Discovery Center a destination not only for our children and families of Minot but for all  North Dakotans and visitors!  

We are hopeful.

We are thankful.

And we couldn’t be more excited!"

CO-CHAIRS' MESSAGE

{Randy Burckhard  & Kathy Aas}

As campaign co-chairs of the Magic City Discovery Center Capital Campaign Committee, we are honored to lead this worthy cause. The Discovery Center will offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning with more than 12,000 square feet of high-quality, unique educational exhibits that reflect our region. It is exciting to be part of such a wonderful project in our community, especially something that will greatly benefit children and families in this region for many years to come. The Magic City Discovery Center is the best large-scale endeavor for children in decades. Please join us and all the other members of the Capital Campaign Committee in supporting this new magnificent year-round facility on North Hill.

Co-Chairs for the Magic City Discovery Center Capital Campaign Committee

As Honorary Co-Chairs of the Magic City Discovery Center Capital Campaign Committee, we are proud of the exciting direction of this new initiative and exclusive opportunity for Minot to be home of the state’s first discovery center/children’s museum. For communities like Minot to continue to thrive, they have to be a welcoming place for all families. Our community and region will benefit greatly from this family-friendly center that offers a nurturing, thought promoting and most importantly, fun outlet for our children. It is just the kind of development Minot and the region’s families have been waiting for. The Magic City Discovery Center will improve our quality of life, add unique educational opportunities, and be a forward-thinking facility. It is truly a community-focused enhancement that we should all put our financial support toward. We are behind this initiative 100% and we are asking you to be as well!

Honorary Co-Chairs for the Magic City Discovery Center Capital Campaign Committee

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS' MESSAGE

{Karen Krebsbach  & Kathleen Gaddie}

TURNING THE DREAM INTO REALITY

Become a supporter today by completing a Pledge Form and be one of the amazing donors that are making the Magic City Discovery Center a reality!

 

MCDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KAREN RASMUSSON

HEIDI SUPER

JESSICA HENDERSON

MELISSA STANLEY

MARIA EFFERTZ-HANSON

MICHELLE ELLIOT

LUCAS HACHMEISTER

DEBRA HOFFARTH

DR. DANIEL LEE

MARK LYMAN

MISSY SAGNESS

DAVE SCHWENGLER

ANGIE THOMPSON

 

OUR STAFF

Ami

Cammon

Liz

Weeks

Wendy

Keller

Please support MCDC by sending your charitable contribution today. The Children's Museum of Minot, Inc., doing business as the Magic City Discovery Center, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Thank you for your support!

Children's Museum of Minot, Inc. 

PO Box 751

Minot, North Dakota 58702-0751

Administrative Office 

615 S. Broadway, Suite L2

Minot, North Dakota 58701

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