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Best Museums In Minnesota

February 13, 2011 3:33 PM

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A history of chair design is one of the many well-thought out exhibits at Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. (Credit: artsmia.org).

A history of chair design is one of the many well-thought out exhibits at Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. (Credit: artsmia.org).

Long gone are the days of thinking of museums only as stuffy places made for art snobs and class field trips. In Minnesota, we have an abundance of museums and they are all so different. That’s why we put together a list of 10 museums you need to check out on the state.In no particular order …

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The Science Museum of Minnesota has exciting homeschool classes available for families looking to supplement their science curriculum. (Credit: smm.org)

No. 1: Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W
St. Paul, Minn. 55102
www.smm.org

Learning and exploring is the name of the game at the Science museum. Check out traveling exhibits like the Dead Sea Scrolls or permanent exhibits that include questionable medical devices used in history.

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The Minnesota Children's Museum offers hands-on activities for young learners. (Credit: mcm.org)

No. 2: Minnesota Children’s Museum

10 W Seventh St
St. Paul, Minn. 55102
www.mcm.org

This is a place where kids can get dirty! The hands-on interaction provides fun for the whole family.

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At Walker, seating and binoculars are provided so that visitors can conduct their own close-up investigations of individual works. (Credit: walkerart.org)

No. 3: Walker Art Center and Sculpture Gardens

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, Minn. 55403
www.walkerart.org

Home to perhaps Minnesota’s most famous work of art “Spoonbridge and Cherry” it’s a popular attraction to both tourists and locals. You can always check out an exhibition or performance inside the Walker too.

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Just one look at the outside of the building and you know some cool art waits inside. (Credit: weisman.umn.edu)

No. 4: Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, Minn. 55455
www.weisman.umn.edu

Just one look at the outside of the building and you know some cool art waits inside.

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If you want to find out the mysteries in the world of electricity, check out this museum. (Credit: thebakken.org)

No. 5: The Bakken Library and Museum of Electricity in Life

3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, Minn. 55416
www.thebakken.org

If you want to find out the mysteries in the world of electricity, check out this museum. You will be able to experiment with electricity and magnetism and see how its shaped our world.

 Best Museums In Minnesota

Take a trip back in time and see what life was like along the Minnesota River Valley nearly 150 years ago at The Landing. (Credit: threeriverparks.org)

No. 6: The Landing

2187 Highway 101 East
Shakopee, Minn. 55379
www.threeriversparks.org

Take a trip back in time and see what life was like along the Minnesota River Valley nearly 150 years ago at The Landing. See authentic buildings and how settlers lived in the area complete with people dressed up and reenacting day to day living.

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A history of chair design is one of the many well-thought out exhibits at Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. (Credit: artsmia.org).

No. 7: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 Third Avenue
Minneapolis, Minn. 55404
www.artsmia.org

Free admission everyday makes it the museum to visit in Minnesota. It’s the state’s biggest art educator and there are so many exhibits you are sure to see something new every time you go.

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The Minnesota History Center houses a museum, library, classrooms, and conference rooms. (Credit: minnesotahistorycenter.org)

No. 8: Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Boulevard W
St Paul, Minn. 55102
www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Another interactive museum that lets you explore the history of Minnesota and even sample special exhibits like Chocolate: The Exhibition.

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The Mill City Museum was built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. (Credit: millcitymuseum.org)

No. 9: Mill City Museum

704 S 2nd St.
Minneapolis, Minn. 55401
www.millcitymuseum.org

Bake your way to fun with a trip to this museum. It is built in the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill.

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A quaint museum located near the U of M campus shows you what animals look like up close. (Credit: bellmusuem.org)

No. 10: Bell Museum

17th & University Ave.
Minneapolis, Minn. 55414
www.bellmuseum.org

A quaint museum located near the U of M campus shows you what animals look like up close. It contains nearly 4 million specimens from around the globe.

-Alison Lorge is a web producer and consumer blogger at WCCO.

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