The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota was awarded a $13,900 grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation to be used to upgrade its facility with enhanced safety features. 

“From its inception, the Museum has identified safety as a core value, leading in the design of its building, exhibits, and play experiences,” noted Deb Johnson, Senior Director of Experiences and Exhibits. “Five years after the Museum welcomed the public to its permanent building, the world has changed, along with our needs to best protect the safety of our visitors and staff. We are very thankful to have received this grant support to enhance several safety features on our Museum campus.” 

The Museum worked with regional security experts, staff from local schools, and its visitors to gather information and develop a plan. The Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation grant funds were then used to enhance door locks and camera surveillance systems and to make several front desk modifications. These steps have significantly improved the Museum’s effort to prioritize visitor safety in a way that does not impinge upon play experiences.