FAQs

When did this project start?

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 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. 

How was the project funded?

The Magic City Discovery Center is a direct result of successful 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.

Will this center raise our taxes?

No, we are funded by private donations and revenue. 

Is there a military discount?

Yes, we offer 20% off admission, memberships, camps and gift shop items for our service members and their families.

When will it open?

Look for our Grand Opening in early 2023!

Does the center still need donations?

While we have raised sufficient funds to complete construction of our building and exhibits, donations will be needed to ensure long term sustainability. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we will continue fundraising to keep admission and membership prices affordable. 

What will my family do at the Magic City Discovery Center? 

This 28,000 square ft. discovery center will have you discovering for hours! Your family will be able to explore and interact with 12 galleries filled with over 150 exhibits. You will also enjoy amazing views from every floor inside of the building and our rooftop. You can even enjoy a snack on our outdoor patio!

Will the discovery center be handicap accessible?

The Magic City Discovery Center has entrances that are universally accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. The elevators provide access to all floors and exhibits. To the greatest extent possible, we have also designed our exhibits to be accessible for all abilities. Accessible restrooms and parking are also available.

Will there be a reduced admission price for low income families?

Yes, we will offer a significantly reduced price of $1 per person with an EBT or SNAP card.

Will we offer annual memberships?

Yes, we have various memberships available:

Family: $175

Family Plus: $225

Military: $140

Grandparents: $175

Will the discovery center need employees and volunteers?

Yes. The center will be hiring several positions to help operate our center. Check out Careers on our website to see open positions. Several volunteers will be needed to ensure a safe and fun environment and this also helps to keep costs down so our center is accessible by all.  Watch the Magic City Discovery Center's Facebook page and website for more information starting this fall.

What are the hours of operation for the center?

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM

Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM

Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM

Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM

Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM

Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM