Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota is situated along the bluffs of the Mississippi Riverfront across from
RiverCentre. Surrounded by parks and walkways, it attracts 1.25 million people each year and is the premier sci-
ence museum of its size in the world. With approximately 370,000 square feet, this five-level building is crafted
along a 90-foot drop from Kellogg Boulevard to the river flats.
One of the building's highlights is the Atrium, a majestic space with a
70-foot vaulted ceiling in the center of the museum's exhibit areas.
There are five major exhibit halls including a Human Body Gallery and
large Paleontology Hall. In the Mississippi River Gallery, visitors can
navigate the river via a computer simulation called the 'Virtual River
PilotÓ and even climb aboard an authentic towboat.
Ten acres of outdoor Science Parks with new programs and physical
links to the Mississippi River accentuate the landscape of the facility.
The Big Back Yard is an outdoor attraction that combines nine holes of miniature golf, hands-on exhibits, and
river science to creatively learn about principles of landscape evolution, river dynamics, biodiversity, and other
environmental-related sciences. Public access from Kellogg
Boulevard down to the river is available via greenways winding around
The 3M William L. McKnight Omnitheater, a state-of-the-art, large
screen theater, is the first in the United States to use 'convertible
dome' technology allowing projection on a flat or spherical screen.
Visitor amenities include two rooftop restaurants, a coffee shop, a
700-car attached parking ramp, facility rentals for corporate and group use and a dedicated entry and lunch
space for large school and youth groups.
More than an attraction and education center, this facility serves as a link between the river and the city. A
landscaped plaza on Kellogg Boulevard at the museum's front door connects the green space of River Park to
parklands on the river flats. Visitors have direct access to River Park, without paying museum admission.
The Science Museum also features the National Park Service's Mississippi River Visitor Center which provides infor-
mational exhibits about the Mississippi River, its parks, trails, historic sites, and scenic drives along the river. Park
Rangers are available to assist visitors in arranging day trips or help them find a spot to launch a boat or canoe
into the river. The Science Museum is noted for its outstanding programming as well as traveling exhibits. In the
summer of 2008, it will feature Star Wars: Where Science Meets Technology.
The Science Museum of Minnesota