By Amy Rea

We’re definitely in a weird patch at the moment, with chilly, rainy weather at this writing, and more rain and low temperatures possible for the coming weekend. Of course, we can expect the heat to return next week, as it often does when the Minnesota State Fair opens. But until then, if you’re looking for some indoor entertainment, take a look at what’s happening in the museum world. Many of these exhibits close within the next month, so now’s the time.

There are two major exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of the Art, both open through Aug. 30. Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind presents something we don’t very often get to see: an original da Vinci notebook. In contrast, the Mark Mothersbaugh Myopia exhibit presents a sampling of 30 years of art created by one of the founders of Devo.

Over at the Walker Art Center, currently with a wonderful tribute to Hennepin County restaurants that are gone but not forgotten in International Pop runs through Aug. 29 and has a wide array of Pop art from the 1950s-70s.

Just down the street from the MIA is the Hennepin History Museum, currently with a wonderful tribute to Hennepin County restaurants that are gone but not forgotten in Hennepin County Dines Out, open through Sept. 6. If names like Charlie’s Café di Napoli, or Schiek’s ring a bell, this is the exhibit for you.

The Museum of Russian Art has three exhibitions open, two of which will close mid-September. The Romance in Soviet Art exhibit closes Sept. 20, while the Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs exhibit closes Sept. 13. On display through the end of the year is Russian Samovars, a lovely overview of the history of tea-drinking in Russia.

The Minnesota History Center has an exhibit that explores part of Minnesota’s growing immigrant culture: We Are Hmong Minnesota is open through 2015 and explores the Hmong in Minnesota, marking 40 years since the first arrivals.

Across downtown St. Paul from the History Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota has Space: an Out-of-Gravity Experience exhibit open through Sept. 7. Explore the science—and, really, the art—behind space exploration and discovery (and don’t miss the related Omnitheater film).

At the Bell Museum of Natural History, one exhibit is about to close and another about to open. Stanley Meltzoff: The Great Sporting Fish exhibit is open through Aug. 30 and showcases the work of Meltzoff, considered to be the father of modern marine art. On Aug. 22, Feathers & Fins: The Art of Kellie Rae Theiss opens with the work of the poet and painter.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Tuesday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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