Magic City Discovery Center soars in second season

Jessica Ackerman


The Magic City Discovery Center recently completed its second season of an interim museum housed inside the Dakota Territory Air Museum.

From November 2015 to March 2016, the children’s museum was open Wednesdays through Sundays with field trip groups on some Tuesdays. Over 5,000 visitors came through the doors during these five months. Children and adults learned through play and exploration at 10 different hands-on exhibits, a toddler area, and with a larger-scale travelling exhibit entitled “Get The Message” about communication through the ages. More than 10 different events were held and feedback throughout the season was terrific!

The Magic City Discovery Center’s successful season was made possible by many people and organizations, including the Dakota Territory Air Museum, Give360, the Minot Area Community Foundation, the North Dakota Community Foundation, Minot State University’s teacher education department, the Magic City Discovery Center’s board of directors, numerous volunteers, and attendance from families and field trip groups in the Minot community and surrounding area. Efforts are currently under way toward the primary goal of establishing a permanent facility, including many conversations about possible collaboration, buildings and property, exhibits, programming, and events. The Magic City Discovery Center looks forward to partnering with the Dakota Territory Air Museum once again this fall when the interim doors open for another season.

Ackerman is a MCDC board member.