Museums & Historical Sites
Minneapolis and Saint Paul are full of history! From the American Swedish Institute celebrating the Swedish culture to Historic Fort Snelling showcasing life of a soldier in the Civil War to the Science Museum of Minnesota bringing visitors back millions of years to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Prepare to learn some seriously cool stuff at the numerous historical sites and museums throughout the Twin Cities!
Science Museum of Minnesota features hands-on exhibits, breathtaking Omnitheater films, special events, and unparalleled education programs. The museum focuses on topics in technology, natural history, physical science, and mathematics education.
The Bakken Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.
The Basilica of Saint Mary is a gathering place of rich diversity. It’s a center for the arts and a place of refuge for people in need. Discover this building’s rich history and marvel at its awe-inspiring art and architecture by taking a tour of the landmark.
Twin City Model Railroad Museum is dedicated to depicting the history of railroading through scale model railroad layouts as well as telling the story of railroad history in Minnesota. Visit the building full of train layouts and exhibits of every size imaginable. Run the Thomas the Tank Engine layout and push buttons to operate features on the layouts.
Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Walker hosts lectures, classes, and events for visitors of all ages. Public tours are available Saturday and Sunday. The museum is free to visitors every first Saturday of the month and every Thursday, 5pm-9pm.
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum’s collection features early twentieth-century American artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. Admission is always free and free public tours are every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.