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Minnesota Children’s Museum of Rochester closes its doors, looks forward to expansion

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's the end of era for the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester.

Sunday afternoon, families and staff enjoyed its final day open — ahead of a move to Apache Mall.

The new location, "Spark," is opening this summer. It'll be double the size of its existing location in River Center Plaza.

Back in 2017, museum staff conducted studies to figure out the most effective way to grow the organization — and after eight years in the same location, their plans are coming to light.

Until the new location opens, families should keep their eyes and ears out for pop-up activities around Olmsted County.

While there are mixed emotions about closing for a few months, the move is being called a new chapter.

"Usually closings are a bit of a sad thing, but in this case - it's so that we can open up a new chapter. So when you look at it that way, it's very exciting. We're closing so we can grow and be ready for this summer," said Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester Director Beth Sherden.

The fundraising for "Spark" is at 83% of its goal of $2.6 million.

If you'd like to help, head over to https://www.sparkrochestermn.org/ to find early bird memberships on sale and a donate page.

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