Twin Cities Museums & Bloomington Museums
For a fun-filled trip back in time, check out a Bloomington, MN museum or one of the many Twin Cities Museums.
Perfect for young ones, the Minnesota Children’s Museum promises a good time with its hands-on exhibits, interactive shows, dinosaur exhibit and children’s literature. This unique museum targets children up to 10 years old and features popular exhibits that will entrance any youngster!
One of the most popular Twin Cities museums is the Science Museum of Minnesota, located in St. Paul. This museum was opened in 1907 and is dedicated to educate people of all ages about the wonderful world of science. Spread across 370,000-square feet, you can explore exhibits, such as the Human Body Gallery, Experiment Gallery, Dinosaurs & Fossils Gallery and Science on a Sphere.
Before your vacation comes to an end, make sure and visit the Bell Museum of Natural History, which features dioramas that simulate forests, fields, streams and swamps. Visit the ‘Touch and See’ room where can you handle animal furs and bones or the popular Rainforest Exhibit.
American Swedish Institute2600 Park Ave Minneapolis, MN 55407 US +1-612-871-4907
EAST MINNEAPOLIS. This distinctive museum is housed in the turn-of-the-century Turnblad Mansion, Minneapolis' only castle, complete with intricate stone carvings and gargoyles. The historic mansion and sleek Nelson Cultural Center allow ASI to host contemporary art, music, and craft programs inspired by enduring ties to Sweden. ASI's café, FIKA, was named Best Lunch in Minnesota by the Star Tribune in 2013.
Bell Museum of Natural History10 Church St SE University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455 US +1-612-626-9660
UNIVERSITY. Dedicated to Minnesota's past, especially in regard to landscape and wildlife, this museum features dioramas that simulate actual forests, fields, streams, and swamps. The Touch and See Room provides real animal fur and bones that children love to handle, and rainforest exhibits and botanical artwork also please visitors. In addition, the museum store is rich in hard-to-find books and resources on natural history, including a great selection of children's books.
Bill & Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall & Museum664 22nd Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418 US +1-612-623-9817
NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS. If you're a fan of fire trucks and history, this small museum will thrill you. Among the gems on display are an 1894 steam fire engine and a 1919 American LaFrance ladder truck. Other artifacts include firefighting equipment and clothing, as well as a nice collection of photos and exhibits designed for children.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life2097 W Larpenteur Ave Falcon Heights St. Paul, MN 55113 US +1-651-646-8629
NORTH ST. PAUL. Take a horse-drawn buggy back in time to the 1870s at this living history site. Pioneers Henry and Jane Gibbs inhabited the original "soddy" from which the current farmhouse evolved. Visitors learn about Minnesota's rapid changes towards the end of the 19th century and explore an authentic barn and one-room schoolhouse, along with replicas of the original sod structure and Dakota tipis and barklodges. Interpreters in period dress perform tasks that keep the farm working, as well as entertaining both parents and children. Kids love the gift shop with its wide array of old-time sweets.
Jackson Street Roundhouse193 Pennsylvania Ave E St. Paul, MN 55130 US +1-651-228-0263
DOWNTOWN. In the days of steam engines, the roundhouse functioned as a maintenance facility. At Jackson Street Roundhouse, part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, you can witness a fully funcitioning roundhouse. Many interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and vintage railroad cars and streetcars make a visit to this museum a great family outing.
Mill City Museum704 S 2nd St Minneapolis, MN 55401 US +1-612-341-7555
MILL DISTRICT. Learn more about Minneapolis history via this museum's engaging interactive exhibits. Located along the historic Mississippi Riverfront, Mill City Museum is built on the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill. Today visitors can take an eight-story elevator ride through the mill and view exhibits like the Baking Lab to learn about the state's historic role as the world's leading flour producer and the impact of the flour industry on its evolution.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404 US +1-612-870-3131
WHITTIER. This internationally acclaimed museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 80,000 items, including an exquisite collection of Chinese jade and an excellent collection of Impressionist works. Period rooms feature original objects and furnishings from upper-class European and American homes of the 18th century. The recently re-opened African Galleries offer a cutting-edge immersive experience. Films, concerts, lectures, tours, and special events are offered throughout the year. On-site dining is available at Grain Stack.
Minnesota Children's Museum10 W 7th St St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-225-6000
DOWNTOWN. Find fun and entertaining hands-on lifelong learning at the Minnesota Children's Museum. Each gallery is uniquely designed with a child's busy brain in mind. Every visit is packed with art, science and the humanities experiences that nurture creative thinking, fuel fun and cater to the curious at heart.
Minnesota History Center345 Kellogg Blvd W St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-259-3000
WEST ST. PAUL. Minnesota's answer to the Smithsonian Institution, this center is dedicated to preserving the history of the state. Focusing on everything from logging to native rock singer Prince, exhibits are lively and engaging. A historical building in and of itself, the center devotes over 400,000 square feet of space to display, archive, and research. Classes and presentations are offered in 3M Auditorium, and the center features two museum stores, one specifically intended for children.
Minnesota History Center345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 +1-651-259-3000
The Minnesota History Center is home to the Minnesota Historical Society's vast collection of Minnesota artifacts. The interactive museum hosts both permanent and changing exhibits, and offers concerts, lectures, family days and other special events. This family friendly museum will delight the entire family.