MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Children’s Museum has plans to open a second location in Rochester, Minn. in early 2012.

The MCM acquired Children’s Museum of Rochester, another non-profit group which has been pushing for a museum since 2006.

“Opening a second museum in Rochester will allow MCM to fuel imagination, creativity and love of learning in more of Minnesota’s children,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum, in a press release. “With a large number of young families and a growing demand for learning experiences for children, Rochester is the ideal location to expand our footprint. We’re energized by the positive response and support we’ve received from the community.”

The MCM needs to find a director and a 5,000-square-foot building to open the museum. The size will be similar to the first MCM that opened in downtown Minneapolis 30 years ago.

The museum’s main location has since moved to downtown St. Paul. It serves 400,000 people each year and will be one of the few children’s museums in the country to open a second location.

Rochester is the third-largest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. They expect to have 30,000 visitors annually at the museum once open.


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