Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History MuseumsScience Museums
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the state’s most popular museums, with a reach that extends well beyond its riverfront location in downtown Saint Paul. In addition to its beloved visitor place, which serves hundreds of thousands of people each year with its engaging exhibits, breathtaking giant screen movies, and engaging special events, Science Museum education programs touch students in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties each year, and its research programs span the globe. Discovery awaits at the Science Museum of Minnesota! You’ll find something fascinating around every corner. We love to see the fun that our visitors have! Tag us in your photos @sciencemuseummn, or use #ShareYourDiscovery!
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,133 reviews
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cenzt
Iowa18,256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Good trip. We arrived at approximately 4 pm and parked in a parking ramp near the science center. It costs 10 dollar to park for the day. We then proceeded inside to buy our tickets into the center. The admission tickets were very pricey, as they were over 30 dollars for an adult. We received a map that detailed what there was to see/do on each floor of the science center. The science center consisted of three floors, with each floor having a different learning theme. Each floor had multiple artifacts as well as hands on activities for kids and adults alike. There were also multiple informational plaques scattered around each exhibit, that detailed exactly what we were seeing in front of us. There were topics related to nature, race, native Americans, questionable medical devices, the human body, dinosaurs and sportsology. There were also two absolutely amazing short films that we watched in their omnitheater for an additional cost. One of the short films called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” actually moved me to tears. The film was so wonderfully well done, and the scenery that they managed to capture in the film was breathtaking. There were multiple restrooms as well as a cafe on site. The reason I am giving this attraction 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the cost. When you factor in the high parking and admission cost, as well as the additional fee to watch the short movies in the omnitheater, the cost can easily reach over 60 dollars for one person.

Tip: I recommend spending 4 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
Written November 10, 2022
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Tucker_emptynester
Oxford, GA124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
From the moment we walked in we were entranced. For one thing there is a 2-story tall astronaut costume in the main area. The museum is built for kids, we 60+ older kids had a great time too. There are dinosaurs all over the place. And then there were the toys. My husband played for an hour. The museum is right on the river, so the outside gets a little gusty.
Written October 12, 2021
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CarGeek
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This is a great science museum with lots of engaging and interactive displays to keep everyone of any age entertained. One kind of “hidden” exhibit is the “seismofon” - a sort of suspended from the ceiling xylophone that is connected to a computer and each “note” corresponds back to a location on earth where seismic activity is being registered, which is also displayed geographically on a connected set of computer monitors. We also took in one of the omnimax movies for an additonal fee which is always well worth the splendor of that experience.
Written August 1, 2022
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William Kim
London, Canada390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
This is a really cool museum located near the Xcel Energy Center. I loved the numerous hands-on interactive exhibits this place offered, from seeing how a tornado forms to trying out musical instruments to see different kinds of sound waves to even racing Minnesota Wild hockey players, the Twins mascot and more! The museum was not crowded when I was here, which may be a good thing if you have a strong dislike for crowds. There is also a nice gift shop here with lots of stuff for kids to get, and you can even pretend to be an eagle flying over the Twin Cities. How cool is that! A terrace is also available that gives you gorgeous views of the Mississippi River and St. Paul. You'll leave feeling more than satisfied with your visit here, and even though the price may be high for some, I think it's totally worth it. You won't leave disappointed.

I did not experience the omnitheater as I did not have enough time to check it out. I will have to stop by here another time!

TIP: Don't forget to check out the musical stairs. It is located in an easy-to-miss location and is definitely an attraction you don't want to miss while here! It's located by the gift shop on the floor you enter the museum.

All in all, nice job, Science Museum of Minnesota!
Written July 11, 2022
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ETC on the trail
Fort Collins, CO63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
I was recently in Winnipeg and visited the Manitoba Museum. It reminded me of what the science Museum of Minnesota used to be: A spectacular and comprehensive display of history in nature, provided in an engaging and detailed format. The redesign of SMM a few decades ago gave a beautiful building with spectacular views of the river, but dumbed down the science to simple, spectacular Exhibits to satisfy today’s low attention spans.
My daughter certainly enjoyed going to the science Museum of Minnesota until she was 11 or 12, but after that the repetition and simplicity no longer held her interest. It’s sad to say, but this format simply reflects the loss of interest, Knowledge and understanding of science in current American culture.
Written September 28, 2021
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Sunny
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Our family group (three adults and four kids ages 12, 10, 10 and 7) visited this museum and was impressed by all there was to see. There are a variety of topics covered, from rocks to "quack" medical treatments to dinosaurs and more, and many interactive exhibits that the kids especially liked. With three floors of exhibits, it took us several hours to tour.
Written April 7, 2022
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Peg W
Minneapolis, MN10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
I would have given 5 stars for the exhibits and Omni. So much to see and do.
We thought going on a Friday with grandkids would be a good choice, but there were so many school groups, the place was literally overrun with unattended kids. There wasn't staff anywhere to be found. $170 worth of tickets and they didn't even have staff checking at the entrance, only at the cheaper Omni theater. Just a free for all. Even though the kids patiently waited in lines to try the exhibits, they no sooner got to the front and a group of kids ran up in front of them and took it over. No staff/supervision to shoo away the rude kids and require them to respect others.
Omni was great, but also very full, difficult to find seats together if you aren't there 15 min early.
Suggestion is to limit large groups and require adult supervision at a ratio of 1 to 5 or less for those under 14. And limit it to only several large school groups at a time rather than many.
The cafe was adequate and a bit pricey. Good food, but they were understaffed and we waited a good 20min for our fast food order, found our own utensils in the cabinet, etc.
Grandkids 7-12 were the perfect age for this museum.
Written February 17, 2023
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This fun, family-oriented science museum is a lovely way to spend a day. They have plenty of permanent exhibits (we loved the Human Body Gallery, the dinosaurs, and the exhibit on race), and some interesting temporary exhibits. Some of the exhibits (e.g., the weather exhibit) are also interactive, which is especially fun for kids. The omnitheatre was really cool!
Written June 18, 2022
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Mary
Ludlow, KY53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Even on a snowy and freezing cold day the museum offered not only a respite but an educational, relaxing and fun day! Parking is convenient underground so we just left our coats in the car. Due to covid we had a reservation time and went right in. We were not disappointed. The dinosaur exhibit, interaction with various other exhibits and general information displayed throughout the museum was first class. As with others, we older kids (65+) easily navigated and participated in all the hands-on exhibits. Highly recommend and would go again. Great location and easy access.
Written February 20, 2022
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Katie P
Osceola, WI1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
If this museum was free, or way less expensive I'd give it a higher score. We spent a lot of time waiting in line for the interactive displays, and then felt we should hurry, because of the people waiting behind us. And then...most of them just weren't that cool.
Written December 31, 2022
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