Arriving at the Science Museum of Minnesota, it is obvious this place is a draw. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and had about a 15-minute wait just to enter the parking garage. Once in we were greeted by a Tyrannosaurus Rex and lots of families. There were kids in strollers and some taller than me. 

Luckily this museum is huge so there was little to no wait for most things. It’s three stories of science experiments, exhibits, information and fun. There’s also a floor dedicated to classrooms and education field trips.

Here are just a few of the things we did during our 3-hour visit.

Tiny Drawing Station

The tiny drawing station was a great experiment in perception. Each child was given a small piece of paper with a circle on it and they had to draw while viewing the page through a microscope. It was fun to see their tiny creations and even more fun trying to figure out all of the pieces.

My youngest loves to dance, so the Colored Shadows wall was truly entertaining.

However, the Cell Lab in the human body area was the biggest hit! My girls were donned with lab coats and goggles upon entering to do a live lab experiment.

My youngest chose DNA Extraction.

These two chose Examining Blood.

I was the bystander mom watching them do it all themselves.

If your family is ever in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area, the Science Museum of Minnesota is worth adding to your agenda. It was a highlight of our trip to the Twin Cities.

A few things to note for your visit. 

  • There is a parking garage connected to the museum, but there is also nearby metered parking. We didn’t think about this until after we were in line for the garage.
  • There is a lot to see in the museum, but you don’t have to see it all at once. Your pass is good for the day, so consider going early and experiencing half. Then take a walk to one of the restaurants nearby for lunch. This is one of the perks of the museum being in downtown St. Paul. Taking a break will allow you, and your children, to start again with fresh energy. 
  • There’s a Charlie Brown statue really close by that’s perfect for a photo moment.

Charlie Brown statue in St Paul

Enjoy your visit!