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.

Museum $13; $10 (ages 4-12 and 60+). Omnitheater $8; $7 (ages 4-12 and 60+). Combination museum and theater $20; $17 (ages 4-12 and 60+). Visitor center free. Special exhibits may cost extra. Reservations are recommended for the Omnitheater.
Museum Tues.-Sun. 9:30-5 (also Thurs.-Sat. 5-9). Visitor center Tues.-Sat. 9-5 (also Mon. 9-5, Memorial Day-Labor Day). Outdoor gallery open May-Oct. Hours vary by season; phone ahead. Omnitheater programs are presented daily; phone for schedule. Museum closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visitor center closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 3 hours, 30 minutes minimum.
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