AAA Editor Notes
Science Museum of Minnesota is at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. Housed in a six-story building overlooking the Mississippi River, the museum offers hands-on exhibits that allow visitors to touch a tornado, walk under a two-story dinosaur or climb aboard a Mississippi River towboat. An Egyptian mummy, a gallery devoted to the human body, anthropology displays and the Experiment Gallery are other favorites. Also included is a collection of questionable medical devices dating from 1790.
The Omnitheater, a convertible IMAX theater where films are projected onto a 90-foot-diameter dome screen, presents programs about space and science. Outdoor terraces offer views of the river, and an outdoor exhibit gallery features river themes and a nine-hole putt-putt golf course.
The Mississippi River Visitor Center, in the museum's lobby, is managed by the National Park Service; it has exhibits and a movie that provide information about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. This is a good place to find out about recreational opportunities and regularly scheduled ranger river walks.
Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours, 30 minutes minimum.