Designed for children four months to 10 years old, this museum features four permanent galleries and two others hosting traveling exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to use all of their senses to explore the many things there are to see and do. They can be in the spotlight on the sound stage, crawl through the maze of tunnels in the giant ant hill, create a thunderstorm, operate a huge crane and much more. Activities and performances by singers, dancers, jugglers and storytellers take place daily. This is truly a place where 'learn to play, play to learn' is more than just a phrase. There is free entry on every 3rd Sunday of the month.
This museum and library is the first of its kind in the world. Located inside a historic mansion, The Bakken is a fun place to learn about the history of electricity and electromagnetism to its present use and form. It is home to a massive collection of articles, journals and scientific instruments related to this field. Many of the permanent exhibits are interactive; experience a jolt from a century-old electric machine or perhaps a visit to the Frankenstein's Laboratory will make your day. Other interesting spaces here are Ben Frankin's parlor and the library's luscious gardens. The Bakken makes for a great day out with family.
Built into the bluffs on the Mississippi River, this 370,000-square-foot museum features a hall of human biology and a large screen, 415-seat theater that supplements the museum's exhibits of dinosaurs and fossils. Rotating exhibits on everything from holograms to the human heart keep the crowds returning. The William McKnight-3M Omnitheater screens a varying selection of films. The state's longest reptile, a 40-foot steel iguana, guards the main entrance.
The Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life compares the lives of Minnesota Pioneers with those of the Dakotah Indians who lived in the region. Costumed interpreters give tours of the site, which includes a 19th Century farm house, a unique one-room school house, barns, farm animals, a replica sod house, Dakotah tipi and artifacts, bark lodge, pioneer and Dakotah gardens, and more.
For all those model railroad buffs out there, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is the place to go. Miniature replicas of the American trains of the '30s, '40s, and '50s, perfect down to the last detail, chug along the tiny tracks and stations, to the delight of both young and old alike. Tour groups are also welcome.
Travel back in history at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. This attraction preserves the history of the electric railway in the region with two functioning railway lines and a number of restored and operating streetcars. The rail lines provide the ultimate streetcar experience, but the museum is a hub of history and education, with historical artifacts to remember the past.
The Goldstein Museum of Design was founded by sisters Harriet and Vetta Goldstein with the focus of object-centered learning. In collaboration with the College of Design, the museum becomes a looking glass for the community for art and design. The museum is known for hosting regular art exhibitions and installations, with interesting displays across industries and categories. Some of the artwork that was showcased included ceramics such as Tiffany metalwork, traditional Pueblo pottery and historic Navajo rugs and blankets. The museum contains a staggering 29,000 objects, with a growing collection.
Captivating adults and children alike, Bell Museum is one of a kind that offers the best of best of science, art, and technology all under one roof. Providing a hands-on learning experience in a stimulating and welcoming environment, Bell Museum is a must-visit when in St. Paul. Kids can explore the museum’s many areas that are both playful and educational such as geology exploration area, solar station, and the touch and see lab where snakeskins, animal pelts, and bones, rocks and fossils can be felt, picked up and examined. A visit to their planetarium will simply leave you in awe of our magical universe and their galleries where outstanding dioramas of animals are put on display are absolutely unmissable.
Hennepin museum is all about the local history of the city of Hennepin and its surrounding regions. The building features European architecture and the interiors resemble that of a mansion. The exhibitions held here are in the form of images, documents and archives, that provide information on the cultural growth of the urban, suburban and rural communities, that truly take you back in time, helping you see the Hennepin county at its inception. The exhibits are also known to showcase the medical treatments that were used in the olden times. The museum is fondly recalled among the best museums for local history and art (done by both local and international artists), making it a great place for all those who are drawn towards culture and history of the region.