Five reasons we love the Science Museum of Minnesota:

  1. DINOSAURS! The museum has a fabulous dinosaur exhibit, many rare & prized pieces!
  2. The exhibits are interactive and interesting for pre-schoolers through adults.
  3. Long summer hours (9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.), allowing for evening visits.
  4. The volunteers are very nice and really enjoy 1:1 teaching with the children.
  5. Membership is reasonable and pays for itself after a couple of visits – especially love $5 member parking that you can also use when attending hockey games and other events in St. Paul.

Here are pics from a recent visit with my kiddos:

Alex loved learning about tornadoes. We spent at least 15 minutes in this spot, watching the tornado  form and then breaking it. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

This was a station where the kids could listen to a recording to learn more about dinosaurs. Avery apparently needed to hear it in stereo.

Various live presentations throughout the day = awesome!

Many interactive exhibits – here Alex learned about steam as an energy source for power.

We headed into the cell lab, putting on gloves and lab coats. Here we took swabs of our cheek cells and inspected them under the microscopes.

My kids LOVE seeing real dinosaurs at the Science Museum of Minnesota!

The Triceratops is Avery’s favorite dinosaur – this was a big highlight of the visit. This is only one of four mounted Triceratops in the world, and is the largest complete specimen on display. The Museum says it is one of their most treasured pieces.

There were many dinosaurs to learn about. The gift shop also has models and movies about dinosaurs.

This volunteer spent a lot of time teaching my kiddos about fossils – they loved it!

You can visit the Science Museum of Minnesota online, they are also active on facebook and twitter. Has your family been to the Science Museum of Minnesota? What’s your favorite exhibit?

Disclosure: I am a paying member of the Science Museum of Minnesota. These opinions are my own, I was not compensated for this post.

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2 Responses to “Science Museum of Minnesota”

  1. Ruby Leigh says:

    I have been a member of the SMM for a few years now. While I sometimes feel a bit silly sharing that as a single adult with no kids, I don’t regret having the membership at all. Just taking advantage of the deals on the annual special exhibits makes it worth it and Omni theater makes it worth it.

    • Missy says:

      I love it that you have a membership as an adult with no kids! You are right, it really is worth it if you like to go to the exhibits and Omni theater. I can’t do the theater with the kids as the little one gets terrible motion sickness from 3D movies! I wish there wasn’t a charge for the special exhibits, but I understand why they do it, too… Would be great to see you there sometime! 🙂



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