Otter Cove Children’s Museum is a vibrant educational and cultural institution offering learning experiences through physical play, artistic exploration and imagination. We believe that play is the primary driver of learning, and we empower children to direct their own learning by letting their imaginations lead the way. As caring grown-ups, it is our role to ensure the conditions for play. Our immersive exhibits and innovative programs are created to maximize the power of play in developing skills and a sense of place and purpose.


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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 299, Fergus Falls, MN 56538

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


Our mission is to support the optimal development of our region’s children by intentionally creating the environment for abundant play opportunities that launch children’s imaginations, stimulate skill development, and instill a sense of place and purpose that lasts a lifetime. 


We envision Otter Tail County as the best place to grow up, where caring adults help all children grow up inspired by life’s possibilities and prepared to meet the world head-on.


Our enduring values work together to instill and nourish a sense of place and purpose for all children growing-up in Otter Tail County.  We stand for the:

  • Possibility of life, as an optimistic view of the present and future, in which all children grow up excited and equipped as lifelong learners, inspired to seek out what the world offers, with the compassion to help those in need, and grateful for the abundance of opportunity in life;

  • Joy of working together, to get the job done, make things run, achieve a shared vision for our community, and leave the world better than we found it;

  • Shared responsibility, to community and each other, understanding that each of us has an important role to play in making our community run, and that taking care of each other, especially in challenging times, is a defining characteristic of our part of the world;

  • Appreciation for growing up in such a special place, with uniquely abundant nature and beautiful landscapes, where we share the responsibility for protecting the natural world, where we work together in making our community run, and we’re grateful for the opportunities in life and the gift of growing up in Otter Tail County.