Judy Garland Museum

By: Explore Minnesota Tourism

Explore Minnesota Museums

Mille Lacs Indian Museum

2014 Minnesota Museums Month

May in Minnesota is an excellent time for travelers to explore our 4,000 miles of bike trails, take a hike in one of our 76 state parks and forests, and visit any of our 10,000+ lakes. But it’s also the perfect time to visit a museum or two, which is why May has been designated Minnesota Museums Month.

Minnesota’s many museums are dedicated to a wide range of topics. From fine art to American Indian history to local pastimes like fishing and hockey, there is a museum that covers nearly every time period and every area of interest. In Minneapolis, visitors will find art from around the world at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, modern masterpieces at the Walker Art Center, and European treasures at The Museum of Russian Art. Downtown St. Paul is home to a trio of world-class museums – the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center and the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

American pop culture and literature are the subjects of several Minnesota museums, including the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids (star of “The Wizard of Oz”), the Sinclair Lewis Museum in Sauk Centre (Noble Prize-winning author of “Main Street”) and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove (author of “Little House on the Prairie”).

For an in-depth look at Minnesota history and the many cultures that have settled here, don’t miss the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, the Brown County Historical Society in New Ulm (the top floor features an award-winning exhibit on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862) and the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, which houses a replica Viking ship and stave church.

Most of these museums are open year-round, making them the perfect addition to any Minnesota vacation. No matter your preference, you will find a museum that suits you.