Jan 14 2010
After our visit to the James J. Hill House last weekend, we stopped at the Minnesota History Center for a while. We visit the History Center at least as often as we go to the Minnesota Children’s Museum or the Science Museum of Minnesota. The kids especially like the interactive exhibits in Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and climbing in Grainland.
We stopped at the Ben Franklin exhibit again, and a few days later I found that we may have to return, because there’s now a rare draft of the United States Constitution in the exhibit. This particular copy is actually older than the handwritten copy of the Constitution that resides in the National Archives. We stood in line a few years ago to see the Declaration of Independence, so I think we’ll go back to see the Constitution.
If you’re starting to get cabin fever, why not head over to the Minnesota History Center? Celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday Sunday with a visit to his exhibit (which, by the size of the crowd there last weekend, is very popular), or take the kids on Monday to have some fun and learn about the history of their state? (The museum is usually closed on Mondays but is open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.) If you want to save some money, check out a Museum Adventure Pass from your local metro-area library, which also gives you a discount if you purchase a membership while you’re there. Our Minnesota Historical Society membership is one of our most-used and best family values.
Then, beginning next weekend and continuing monthly, Global Hotdish is back for a second year. These variety shows are family-friendly and showcase the various cultures of our state. Last year we attended two of the three sessions and the kids had a great time enjoying the music, dance, and comedy of the shows. Global Hotdish will be presented January 23, February 27, and March 27, and each show is different, so you can attend all three. It’s $12 for adults and $5 for kids, which includes museum admission. MNHS members receive a $2 discount on adult tickets.
When the winter blues start to get you, find your way to the Minnesota History Center, where there’s always something learn about, some fun for the kids, and maybe even a special surprise or two.