Magic City Discovery Center announces future location for permanent museum
Minot, N.D. – The Children’s Museum board in Minot is proud to announce the location for the future, permanent Magic City Discovery Center, to be built on Minot Park District land on north hill in Minot. This unique site, just southwest of the Sertoma softball fields and the Minot International Airport Terminal, will make the discovery center very visible from North Broadway, with a panoramic view of Minot. This announced location comes as the museum board just applied for Community Facilities grant funding from the City of Minot and is about to kick off a capital campaign to raise funding for the new Magic City Discovery Center.
“There are a lot of exciting things happening – all at about the same time – that are really pushing us forward toward the Magic City Discovery Center’s goal of having a permanent, stand-alone museum,” said Children’s Museum of Minot Board President, Jessica Henderson. “We are very grateful for the many partners in the process to this point, like the Minot Park District, that are making it that much easier to develop an interactive, engaging, hands-on discovery center that will serve our community and region for decades to come. And now, with this wonderful location on north hill, just off Broadway, we plan on continuing to garner community support and work toward a groundbreaking in 2018.”
The working agreement with the Minot Park District allows the Magic City Discovery Center to lease land for $1/year for the next 50 years, in an agreement similar to what is in place for the Scandinavian Heritage Park on South Broadway.
Over the last two years the Children’s Museum of Minot Board of Directors has researched options for leasing, renovating or building new space in or near Minot that would serve as the location for the Magic City Discovery Center. After considering more than 20 potential locations throughout the area members of the board decided the Minot Park District land on north hill was the number one choice.
Over the last nine months, the Children’s Museum Board has worked closely with renowned children’s museum consultants MindSplash and KidZibits. As a result of this work, community input, and other information, the Board plans on starting a capital campaign yet this summer with the long-term goal of breaking ground on a new museum in the next year to 18 months, with a potential open date in three years.
The Children’s Museum of Minot Board is also partnering with the Minot Park District in applying for a grant through the city sales tax Community Facilities Fund. This application was submitted at the end of June and included the Magic City Discovery Center asking for $2.5 million toward the new center on north hill in Minot.
Magic City Discovery Center Mission: To engage children and families in the magic of life-long learning through discovery, creativity, and play.