Visit The Works Museum

The Works Museum is a hands-on kids museum all about engineering. You’ll dig into the basics of engineering, science, and technology with interactive experiences and design challenges created for children ages 4-12 and their grown-ups. Get ready for engineering fun!

Located just 10 minutes from the Mall of America, The Works Museum is a great addition to your next family outing in Bloomington, Minnesota.

We can’t wait to engineer with you!

School year hours

Monday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please check hours and admission for special extended hours and holiday closures.

Admission Rates

Adults and children (ages 2 and up): $11 per person
Museum members: Free with member card and photo ID | Become a Member
Children under 2: Free

The Experience Gallery and any Pop-Up Engineering or Explore It! events occurring during your visit are included in your admission. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a chaperone (age 15+).

Tickets may be purchased at the link below, or at the front desk during open hours.

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear masks to protect our staff, visitors, and the young engineers who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Experience Gallery

Our open-format Experience Gallery is designed for young engineers. Kids explore at their own pace with hands-on activities. Investigate with simple machines, structures and shapes, sensors, and imaging and optical technologies – all in a kid-friendly way.

More Engineering Fun

Birthday Parties. Looking for a unique birthday experience for your child? Host an unforgettable celebration at The Works Museum! Easy for you, fun for your kids. You can even make your own party favors!

PreK Programs. Just for kids ages 2 to 5 and their adult companions, our Pre K Programs encourage PreK children to explore their curiosity and design, build, and create. Kids are natural engineers – come learn together.

Events. Get ready for even more hands-on fun at our monthly Explore It! activities and annual events featuring activities and demonstrations with partners from business, academia, and the non-profit community.

Gift Cards

Purchase a gift card for a friend or family member. Gift cards can be used for Museum admission or toward gift shop purchases, and never expire!

Sensory-friendly kits are now available for check-out at our Front Desk.

Each kit includes items for children who need some sensory support:

Visual timers
Headphones
Fidgets
Gloves
Sunglasses

Each person who checks out an item will be asked to fill out a brief survey. Kits are funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services who have requested the surveys to support their research.