Ackerman-Estvold design donation to pave the way for new children's museum in Minot

The Children’s Museum board in Minot is proud to announce that Ackerman-Estvold has donated the architectural and civil engineering design services for the new Magic City Discovery Center (MCDC), to be built on Minot Park District land on north hill in Minot. This investment in excess of $200,000 from Ackerman-Estvold has allowed the project to be ahead of the curve on two key items, the pre-design work related to location selection and early design associated with the beginning stages of the MCDC Capital Campaign.

“Ackerman-Estvold is proud to be a part of bringing the Magic City Discovery Center’s vision to life,” said Ryan Ackerman, President/CEO of Ackerman-Estvold. “We challenge our fellow community members to support this project in the same spirit that we do.” Ackerman-Estvold was founded in Minot in 2003 and is a full service architectural and civil engineering consulting firm.

“The Board of Directors wants to thank Ackerman-Estvold and their employees for this generous gift toward the design of the Magic City Discovery Center,” said Mark Lyman, president of the MCDC Board of Directors. “This wonderful donation will help us immensely in our goal of creating a children’s museum in Minot, that will benefit every child in our region and throughout the state.”

The Magic City Discovery Center operated for four years as an interim museum in the Dakota Territory Air Museum facility, open only during the winter months. A capital campaign is currently underway to raise the $7 million estimated to construct a 20,000 square-foot building, design and build 4-5 exhibit galleries of varying sizes, and set up funding for a museum endowment – along with other items.

For information about the Magic City Discovery Center call Interim Executive Director Wendy Keller at 858-7529, or for the latest on the campaign, exhibit designs and building designs go to

Magic City Discovery Center Mission: To engage children and families in the magic of life-long learning through discovery, creativity, and play.

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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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