Gov. Mark Dayton and other dignitaries are in downtown St. Paul for today’s kickoff of a $30 million renovation of the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
When work is complete in early 2017, the museum will have more exhibit space and more amenities. Work will be done in stages, but the museum will close for some months in the fall of 2016 during completion.
So far, $28.5 million has been raised for the project. The state has kicked in $14 million, through the 2014 Jobs Bill. The city of St. Paul has also contributed $1 million. The museum is working to raise the last $1.5 million needed.
As part of today’s festivities, the governor will declare today “Minnesota’s Day of Play,” as the museum launches its new program “#PlayMoreMN” to highlight the importance of play.