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Museums, Historical Sites, & Landmarks

Discover, learn, and generally have a good time.

Alexander Ramsey House
Address: 265 South Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-8760 or 651-296-0100 WEBSITE: MNHS.org

Description: The well-preserved Victorian home of Minnesota's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey. The home is filled with beautiful original crystal, marble and woodwork, as well as, orignal furnishings. Reservations are recommended.

American Swedish Institute
Address: 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-871-4907
WEBSITE: AmericanSwedishInst.org

Description: This museum is located in the historic Swan J. Turnblad mansion and features a unique collection of decorative and fine art, glass, textiles and other items from Sweden.

The Bakken Library and Museum
Address: 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-926-3878
WEBSITE: TheBakken.org

Description: Designed for both the young and old, the Bakken has over 11,000 rare books and 2,500 scientific inventions related to the role of electricity in life. The Museum has many hands-on demonstrations.

The Bell Museum of Natural History
Address: 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-624-7083
WEBSITE: BellMuseum.org

Description: The Bell Museum is filled with nature, science and culture. There is a "Touch and See" room filled with stuffed models of wild animals and halls filled with diorama displays of Minnesota's habitats.

Cathedral of St. Paul
Address: 239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-228-1766
WEBSITE: CathedralSaintPaul.org

Description: A classic example of Renaissance architecture, the Cathedral of St. Paul sits at the highest point in downtown St. Paul.

Dinosaur Walk Museum
Address: 376 North Garden, Bloomington, MN PHONE: 952-854-6451
WEBSITE: DinoWalk.com

Description: Located in the Mall of America this museum lets children see over 50 life-size dinosaurs. There are also hands-on activities for the kids and a movie theater.

Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum
Address: 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-625-9494
WEBSITE: Weisman.umn.edu

Description: This museum is the permanent home for over 17,000 objects, from early modernist and contemporary art; Korean furniture; and ceramics from Europe and Asia. The museum collection also includes works by Georgia O'Keefe and Arthur Dove.

Hennepin History Museum
Address: 2303 3rd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-870-1329

Description: A musuem dedicated to the history and social evolution of Hennepin County. Want to experience county life from the 1800s to the present? The Kids' City Gallery offers kids the chance to do just that.

Historic Fort Snelling
Address: Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 612-726-1171

Description: This 1820's military outpost gives those who visit a full living history of life at the outpost. Costumed guides will walk you through life at the post--from scraping a hide to mending clothes. The tours take place Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer and on weekends in May, September and October.

Historic Murphey's Landing
Address: 2187 Hwy. 101 E., Shakopee, MN PHONE: 952-445-6901
WEBSITE: ThreeRiversParkDistic.org

Description: This historical site depicts life during the mid to late 1800s. Take a boat or horse-drawn trolley ride and see more than 40 historical buildings.

James J. Hill House
Address: 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-297-2555

Description: Take a tour of the home of the man who built the Great Northern Railway. Get a glimpse into life during the Gilded Age in Minnesota by taking a guided tour of this historic mansion.

Landmark Center
Address: 75 West 5th Avenue , St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-292-3233
WEBSITE: LandmarkCenter.org

Description: A National Historic Monument, the Landmark Center is home to music, theater, dance, exhibitions, public forums, and special events.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Address: 2400 3rd Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-870-3200

Description: Housing artwork from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas the Institute of Arts is the premier museum of fine arts. The musuem features more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of history.

Minnesota Children's Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-225-6000

Description: The Children's Museum is designed for learning through climbing, touching, crawling, pushing, pulling, splashing and more. Children of all ages can have fun burrowing through an anthill or operating a big crane and many more activities that spark the imagination.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 West Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-6126

Description: Explore Minnesota's past with hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. The location of the History Center Musuem.

Minnesota Museum of American Art
50 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-266-1030

Description: This musuem has dedicated itself to American art and artists - past, present and future.

Minnesota Air Guard Museum
ANG Base, MSP-International Airport, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 612-713-2523

Description: See some of Minnesota's rich aviation history. Visitors must be in cars and have picture ID.

Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-341-7555
WEBSITE: MillCityMuseum.org

Description: Visit this National Historic Landmark and experience an interactive lesson in flour milling inside the Washburn "A" Mill.

Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-2881

Description: Take a tour of the state capital and see the state's rich history. While you're there let your children take a self-guided tour of the capital to look for important decorations in the building.

Minnesota Transportation Museum
Multiple Locations PHONE: 651-228-0263
WEBSITE: MTMuseum.org

Description: This unique museum includes five sites: The Jackson Street Roundhouse, Como-Harriet Streetcar, Steamboat Minnehaha, Excelsior Streetcar and Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway.

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting
2640 East 7th Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-748-2880

Description: This musuem features over a 150,000 artifacts from around the world. Items on display include uniforms, pictures, movies and more.

The Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Blvd. , St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-221-9444

Description: With over 1.75 million objects in its collection, a 3D-laser show, an Omnitheatre and the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices there is sure to be something for everyone in your family.

Sibley House Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota, MN PHONE: 651-452-1596

Description: Experienced guides tell stories of the fur-trade era and lead visitors through the fully furnished interiors and exhibits.

Southern Minnesota Wing Museum
310 Airport Rd. Fleming Field Hanger #3, S. St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-455-6942

Description: This is an active World War II aircraft museum featuring seven aircraft.

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place, MPLS, MN PHONE: 612-375-7622
WEBSITE: WalkerArt.org

Description: The Walker Art Center features contemporary art and is known for its multidisciplinary exhibits of 20th century art, music, dance, theater, and film performance. Right outside the Walker you will find the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where the young and old gather to explore impressive works of touchable art.

Spam Museum
Address: 937 Spam Blvd. Austin, MN PHONE: 800-LUV-SPAM
WEBSITE: Spam.com

Description: Admission is free to this 16,500 square foot museum filled with games, exhibits and video presentations about this canned meat.

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