If you like science, you’ll love the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota. All of the exhibits at this welcoming museum, located along the Mississippi River, are designed to be hands-on and family-friendly.
And if you go without kids, that’s cool too, of course. I wandered around with my friends for hours the last time I visited!
Learn about dinosaurs and fossils or explore the river ecosystem visible just outside the windows. You’ll also find exhibits on technology, the human body, physics, math, engineering and more. It’s easy to spend the day here, so here’s a quick overview of some of my favorite attractions inside the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Famous Feature: The giant astronaut in the atrium is both photo worthy and interactive. You can project your face onto the helmet or see you own name on the astronaut’s badge.
Fun Extra: Purchase an Omniitheater ticket for a truly transporting movie experience. The screen is 70 feet high and 90 feet wide!
Learn As You Go: The Experimental Gallery takes hands-on learning up a notch. Create a tornado, learn how to make waves and try more than a dozen other tactile experiments.
Don’t Miss: Look for the Egyptian mummy tucked away in its resting place on the 4th floor.
Insider Tip: If you’re into collecting things on nature walks, bring them to the Collectors’ Corner. You can swap them with other collectors and examine other specimens up close.
Great View: Hop inside the Charles E. Towboat and check out the view of the Mississippi River from behind the controls of a real Mississippi towboat! It’s located 75-feet above the ground.
Epic Event: If you’ve ever wanted to sleep next to dinosaur bones, the Adult Dinosaur Camp-In is for you. Participants will find help solve a mystery by gathering clues, watching science demos and testing samples. (And you’ll get dinner, breakfast and a late night snack, a Omnitheatre movie and access to a cash bar, too.) The next event is April 20.
Special Exhibit: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks runs March 16 through September 3, 2018. You can see replicas of famous skyscrapers like New York City’s Empire State Building, created by one of 14 certified LEGO® professionals in the world. (That’s a job, people!)
Image provided by the Science Museum of Minnesota
Grab A Bite: Grab lunch at Elements Cafe on Level 6. The patio offers great views of the Mississippi riverfront. (A nice view is always a bonus!)
Get Outdoors: During the warm weather months, explore the Big Back Yard. You can pump water from an aquifer hundreds of feet under the ground, stop and smell the flowers in the garden and learn about the earth’s landscape changes by playing mini golf!
Ultimate Souvenir: The museum’s vintage Brontosaurus/”Thunder Lizard” hoodie made a cameo in “Stranger Things” and now it’s the hottest gift in the building. You can order hoodies (and crewnecks and T-shirts) online or see what’s in stock at the museum.
Free and Discounted: Students get discounted admission after 5 p.m. on Fridays and adults with a limited income also qualify for discounted admission every day. There are also special, discounted preschool playtimes.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN
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