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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.

Members, as of September 9 please provide a photo ID with your membership card when checking in to the Museum.

School Year Hours

10/1/17 – 6/10/18

Monday, Thursday, Friday – 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

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

Admission Rates

Museum members: Free with member card and photo ID | Become a Member
Adults and children: $8.50
Children 2 and under: Free

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.

Something new is planned for our old Design Lab. This space will be under construction this fall, with an exciting visitor experience opening in December. Curious about what’s to come? Watch our social media and e-news for updates! Sign up for our newsletter.

There’s always something in the works at The Works Museum.

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 3 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 may be bought in any dollar amount, 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

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.

Regular Hours

Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Holiday Closures

Closed for Holiday
April 1, 2018
Closed for Holiday
May 28, 2018

Extended Hours and Special Dates

Presidents Day Extended Hours
February 19, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tech Fest Family Event
February 24, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring Break Extended Hours
March 26, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring Break Extended Hours
March 27, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring Break Extended Hours
March 28, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring Break Extended Hours
March 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Spring Break Extended Hours
March 30, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm