Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History MuseumsScience Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 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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mathremuk
Derbyshire, UK26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The science museum is really good. There are so many hands on activities for the children to take part in and learn. The lady who did a lot of the science shows was fabulous. Molly I think her name is. She engaged the kids and was funny with it. They learned a lot and really enjoyed it.

One of the criticisms is that some of the displays and items in the shop were more suited to a history museum than a science museum.

Now the reason my rating was so low was that some of the staff were really outwardly rude. Evan and Violet. Evan thought it appropriate to shoot a comment to his colleague about us and then Violet was just so impatient and miserable. If my kids hadn't bought there own money to spend I would of just walked out. It's so disappointing to find staff that treat customers that way. It really puts a downer on a trip. We hadn't even asked them for anything or caused a problem so goodness knows what they are like when people actually need help!
Written 12 April 2024
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Denise
Green Bay, WI171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You could spend an entire day here! Several floors of sooo many hands on exhibits. Many Learning areas. Everything from dinosaurs to music.
Written 14 February 2024
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Laura R
Guttenberg, NJ305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This was a great way to kill an afternoon. The exhibits were interesting, and focused on Minnesota. The place is not very large. It was not crowded.
Written 18 September 2023
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Therese P
Fort Myers, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Great time with 10 year old Granddaughter. Collections of dolls & beadwork ( my granddaughter has started to do).
We enjoyed the dinosaurs gallery, having watched the movies Jurassic Park.
Written 28 July 2023
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Thehare
DeLand, FL365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
At Science Museum of Minnesota — Great science museum. Well done with hands on activities. Three stories. The art created using butterflies, insects, sea life is beautiful. truly keeping kids of all ages interested.
Written 3 July 2023
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Staci B
Houston, TX67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I loved the exhibit about race and the Exquisite Creatures temporary exhibit. The museum is a bit small, but it was perfect for the time I had to spend there. It’s a little pricey, but that’s not super surprising, since everything is more expensive. It was overrun by kids that were in some sort of Summer camp, which made it hard to see some of the exhibits, but that was not the museum’s fault. It is summertime after all, and many kids go to the museum during the summer. I would definitely recommend going to the museum, just pick a time when it’s not overrun by kids.
Written 2 July 2023
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Sfreddy31
Neenah, WI116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Went with my husband and my son. We are back at the hotel and discussing our visit. My husband and my son wanted me to leave a lower review because they both felt it had a “racism” wing. (I am white, they are not) It was an exhibit about Race and they found it insulting and felt this was feeding an agenda of division. I actually enjoyed that exhibit, particularly an interactive display where you listen to someone talk and try to guess who is speaking . (I got all of them wrong!)
I struggled with an exhibit showing dead insects and birds and fish, and that was my husband’s favorite exhibit.
That being said, I think this museum has something for everyone and just skip through areas you aren’t interested in.
We all enjoyed the hands on areas as well as the dinosaurs and the medical exhibits
Written 9 April 2023
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MR Q
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
An embarrassing charge at $30 and $20. No supervision. We were there and a Somali family of ten had the Lego block area thing scattered all over and parents did nothing. Just sat there with no clue or care of their behavior. Not one employee to control either. Never seem anyone cleaning of any kind. A very disappointing experience.
Written 3 April 2023
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Peg W
Minneapolis, MN8 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 17 February 2023
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Katie P
Osceola, WI2 contributions
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 31 December 2022
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