Jan 11 2008
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. 651-259-3000. www.mnhs.org/historycenter/
$8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and under free. Hourly-rate parking. Stroller accessible. Restrooms with changing tables available. Restaurant on premises.
We visited the Minnesota History Center on a Museum Adventure Pass from the library. The last time we had been there, admission was free, but budgetary changes caused an admission charge to begin a few years ago. Like many other Minnesota Historic Society venues, this is a museum for all ages, with plenty for the kids to do.
While the kids were busy pushing buttons to start short films, I enjoyed learning about transportation issues and the history of music in Minnesota, even doing a little dancing with the kids in the 50′s-style cafe exhibit. My husband explored a tornado and a rocket ship, and the kids were enthralled with the lighted ice palace display from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
I managed to sneak down to the gift shops for a few minutes while the kids played in the boxcar/elevator area with its life-size chutes and ladders under Dad’s supervision.
We’re interested to go back to see the new “Minnesota 150″ exhibit.
The Declaration of Independence at the Minnesota History Center
The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Minnesota
Global Hotdish Variety Show
Winter Carnival Puppet Show and Minnesota History Center
State Capitol as seen from Minnesota History Center