Visiting the Museum
Visiting the Museum
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. On Sunday, the Museum is open from 12noon until 5:00 pm. The Museum is open to members from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. It is closed on most Mondays, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and for yearly maintenance in January.
The Museum is located at 521 4th Street in Brookings, just 50 minutes north of Sioux Falls along the I-29 corridor. For specific directions, go to Visit the Museum.
Free parking is available across the street from the Museum entrance. Street parking is available along Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street, north of the Museum.
Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible. An elevator provides access to the second floor and accessible restrooms are located on each floor.
We welcome registered service animals in our museum. Service animals must be on a leash or harness at all times.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota has developed fun, educational exhibits designed with open-ended activities so children can discover new ways to play each time they visit. Visitors will have a rewarding experience whether they have an hour or several hours to explore. Admission is valid the entire day. If you choose to leave the Museum, you may return the same day, just present your receipt at the admissions desk.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota exhibits are created with open-ended activities in mind so that guests will enjoy a different experience each time they visit the museum. We encourage visitors to play, explore, and learn in their own unique way!
Our exhibits were designed for children ages 0-12. Typically, children’s museums serve children ages 0-8, but many of the activities and programming at the CMSD are designed to appeal to teens as well. We believe you’ll find something at the museum for any age whether you are a child or an adult.
Yes, our Café Coteau offers delicious pasta dishes, sandwiches, and salads. Café Coteau is located in the Pavilion just off the entryway. No admission is required to dine at the café, which is open to the public. Visitors are not allowed to bring in food purchased from outside eateries. No food or drink is allowed in the exhibit areas of the museum.
Visitors are welcome to bring snacks or sack lunches from home to eat in the Museum's pavilion or outside picnic tables. Please do not bring food purchased from eateries other than the café. Food and drink, with the exception of infant bottles, will not be permitted beyond the museum welcome desk.
Visitors are welcome to bring strollers. There is designated parking for strollers outside the miniExplorers Exhibit.
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been designed for generations to enjoy together. Children must be accompanied by an adult (age 16 and older). We require a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio.
We require a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio while enjoying the Museum.
We can help plan a fun, engaging day of play for field trips, play-groups, home-school or church groups but reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children. For more information, please contact the Group Reservation Coordinator at (605) 692-6700 ext.240. To maintain a quality experience, the Museum may limit the number of large groups that attend on any given day. It is suggested to make reservations at the earliest possible time.
The cost of admission is $8 per person, ages 1 and up. Children under the age of one receive free admission to the Museum. Admission is FREE for Museum Members.
Yes, visitors can come and go within the same day of paid admission. Please stop by the admissions desk before you leave the Museum to inquire about the process for reentry.
Yes, we do. Please check memberships for this benefit Support the Museum.
If there are more than 5 children in our family, may my teenage child help me fulfill the 1:5 adult to child ratio for supervision?
Yes, if your teenage child is older than 16 years of age.
Yes, memberships offer great value and help you save with each visit. You may purchase a membership online, when you arrive, or save your receipt and apply your admission to the purchase of a membership if purchased on the same day as your visit.
Memberships can only be used by the individuals listed on the membership card. You must present photo identification along with your membership card to receive free admission.
Basic memberships are not tax-deductible.
Exhibits and Programs
Yes, definitely! While there are toddler spaces in each gallery, the miniExplorers Exhibit is specifically designed for our visitors under the age of four.
This exhibit supports the museum’s youngest guests and their overall integration of physical, spatial, and cognitive development. The Children's Museum of South Dakota also wanted to provide a designated space for parents who might want a quieter place for their toddler to play.
Yes, of course! But please keep in mind that the miniExplorers exhibit is designed for a toddler’s developmental needs. Toddler spaces in each gallery provide excellent opportunities for families with children of varying ages to explore and enjoy the Museum together.
You can find all the latest news about programming and events on our website. A display near the admission desk also will display the latest Museum news.
There are water activities both indoors and outdoors. It is likely that you might get a bit damp. We would suggest that you bring water-proof sandals as well as a towel for summer activities in the outdoor play area.
What does the front desk sign mean, “you may be in pictures” or “recording occurring today for research purposes?
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is collaborating with South Dakota State University to better serve children through research of the museum environment. This innovative research will involve studies of informal learning in families and groups, learning through play, the effectiveness of museum environments to support informal learning and developing a sense of place through museum experiences. Families participating in the research studies will be asked to sign consent forms. Children will not be participants in research without the written consent of a parent or guardian. For more information, please see Evaluation and Research.
Alcohol is not allowed in the Children’s Museum of South Dakota while the Museum is open to the public. Alcohol may be served on the premises for certain after-hours events such as wedding receptions and holiday parties. For guidelines, please contact our Director of Guest Services.
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is committed to offering a tobacco-free environment for all employees and visitors in order to promote wellness and provide a safe and healthy environment. For this reason, the Children’s Museum does not allow the use of any tobacco or e-cigarette products in any areas of the museum and cafe or outside on our prairie.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota strives to be a peanut-free facility, however, the museum CANNOT guarantee guest(s) will not bring in foods containing peanuts into the facility without our knowledge. Café Coteau's menu is peanut-free.
There are a number of activities within the City of Brookings and in the nearby region that appeal to children of all ages. For more information, see Our Community and Beyond.