Museums in Saint Paul

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Museums in Saint Paul

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  • AC97
    North Dakota5,131 contributions
    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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  • AC97
    North Dakota5,131 contributions
    Great trip! We arrived at approximately 1 pm and made our way towards the building to buy our admission tickets. After paying for our tickets, we were given a map that contained information on the various exhibits out for display. There were several permanent exhibits that we viewed, including exhibits about the war and what life was like for Minnesotans in the early to mid 1900’s, extreme weather conditions in Minnesota, and a room dedicated to various stories that are significant to Minnesota’s past, including native Americans and their traditions, mining and the fur trade. The exhibits were all nicely organized, and contained many artifacts, as well as informational plaques, detailing what we were seeing in front of us. There were also many short movie and tv clips, scattered around several of the exhibits, that allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter. There were even two simulations, “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” and “Weather Permitting” which brought the topics of war and tornados to life. There was an interactive playground for kids- called grainland, as well as several restrooms and a place to eat on site.

    Tip: I recommend spending 4 hours here if you truly want to see everything.
    Written November 10, 2022
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  • Alicia M
    Monticello, MN31 contributions
    So we grew up just north of the cities and this was our first ever visit to this house. It is beautiful and huge. They give tours of the house and let you go on your own to the 1st and 2nd floors after the tour. This is such an important part of history of the state and country it is in my opinion is a must see if your in St. Paul.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • AC97
    North Dakota5,131 contributions
    Great trip! We arrived at approximately 10:15 am and made our way towards the entrance of the museum to buy our tickets. After buying our tickets, we were given a map of Fort Snelling and we began to explore the fort. The main building contained two floors of exhibits to view about the history of Fort Snelling, what daily life on the fort consisted of, slavery at the fort, Japanese incarceration and the various wars that Fort Snelling was apart of- most notably the US-Dakota War. There were several detailed informational plaques that provided additional insight into these topics. There was also a great, roughly 15 minute long introductory movie on the ground floor, that went through a timeline of important events that occurred during the forts existence. Once we finished touring the museum, we made our way to the actual fort. There were different activities and educational seminars being held roughly every 30 minutes on the fort grounds, where the employees would demonstrate different skills/tasks, such as how to fire a military weapon, and how to do laundry at the fort. There was also a 20 minute guided tour that was available, where an employee provided more insight about the fort and gave us a brief introduction of the buildings that we were seeing around us. Each building had an informational plaque in front of it, that provided some background information on what it was used for. Some of the buildings also had various artifacts, along with employees who provided insight and information on what occurred in the fort. Once we finished viewing the fort, we went on a river walk, which consisted of walking on a paved sidewalk, while being surrounded by flowers and water.

    Tip: I recommend spending all day here in order to fully experience all the buildings and activities on site.
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • butterfly00
    Tel Aviv, Israel56 contributions
    Terrific for younger kids. I wouldn’t take kids over 9 or 10 years old there though. Restaurant was flat out horrible - only options are prepackaged stuff (potato chips, etc), pizza and hot dogs. Very disappointing that a children’s museum wouldn’t offer any healthy food options.
    Written July 21, 2022
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  • Kathy M
    Siren, WI44 contributions
    Took my granddaughters for the Night Lights Winter display. Its an interactive, magical event that has something for everyone. For obvious reasons, you aren't allowed to touch the displays, but there are platforms for small kids to stand on for a better look. The volunteers are great with the kids and demonstrate how steam comes from the engines, and more. Bottled water is available.
    Written January 27, 2022
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  • Sue
    1 contribution
    This is great fun for all ages. We were 9-64 years old and we all had a good time. We highly recommend this and want to do it again.
    Written October 31, 2022
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  • Tim K
    50 contributions
    This is a museum and cultural center for the Hmong population. The exhibits have some history and videos of their cooperation with the CIA during the Viet Nam era and subsequent coming to the US. The other part was cultural, with marriage, death and other rituals, music traditions and very nice weaving/embroidery techniques (handicrafts), and the preservation of their culture in the Twin Cities.
    Written September 20, 2021
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  • PhilnKathy
    Blaine, MN240 contributions
    Friends from Texas wanted to see anything related to trains. I’ve known about the roundhouse for a long time now I wonder why I waited so long to get here. It’s a great place to take out of town company.
    Written September 18, 2019
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  • Madlake
    Saint Paul, MN55 contributions
    This is a private museum that you will either love or you will regret spending 2 hours in this manner. It is rather out of place in St. Paul because to catch much of the owner's descriptions, one needs a good background in East Coast, especially NY, concerns, values, and culture. It is beautiful, no question, and I agree with the owner that one must not be an absolute museum purist to enjoy the visit. The pieces were interesting and the owner does a good job of describing their history and how he acquired them. I always like to ask questions, but the owner is so absorbed in telling his story that it was uncomfortable to break in. If you like incredibly intelligent eccentrics, as I do, you will enjoy the time. The others in my group were not so thrilled.
    Written January 3, 2020
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  • brorog
    Saint Paul, MN69 contributions
    Surrounded by urban development, this old farmstead transports one back to the reality of life in mid-19th century Minnesota. With help from a volunteer guide, it’s easy to imagine living in a sod-roofed house, churning butter, retrieving a block of ice for the icebox, and greeting a band of Lakota on their way to Stillwater. A good experience for little kids, teens, and nostalgic adults too.
    Written August 20, 2019
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  • korepeterson
    Minneapolis, MN251 contributions
    How many places do you know that you can play a keyboard Liszt played on and see a letter written by Mozart? There are a few hands on areas that they let people of all ages try out the different keyboards some that are very old. They do a nice job of showing the evolution of the keyboard.
    Written December 9, 2018
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  • ransom007
    Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
    The museum has a $5 parking lot. You get your admission tickets to the museum and planetarium shows in advance. It is a 2 floor edifice with a gift shop. As for exhibits, there are many taxidermy examples of various fauna and many bioramas showing various relationships within several habitats. There are a few live creatures like turtles and snakes. There is a very nice exhibit of artwork by Audubon. There is also a hands on room for children.
    Written March 4, 2021
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  • Peter R
    Boston, MA18 contributions
    If you brave the creepy and cavernously empty Landmark Center you will find this remarkable little gallery on the second floor. One of the best surprises of our St Paul trip.
    Written October 2, 2016
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  • Phyllis C
    3 contributions
    Beautiful home built and owned by Alexander Ramsey, territorial governor of MN. Everything is in Victorian era, including the guides who dress appropriately. Interesting stories about the occupants and MN at the time it was occupied by the Ramsey family.
    Written July 9, 2018
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