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Museums & Galleries

Girl looking at Wooly Mammoth at the Bell Museum, Saint Paul
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Uncover natural wonders at the Bell Museum in St. Paul!

Art, History & Culture Come Alive

Museums dedicated to art, history, science and more are scattered throughout Minnesota. The Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul are must-sees for families, and the Lindbergh family and James J. Hill legacies have their own historic sites. Science and history come together at such places as the Runestone Museum, Bell Museum and The Bakken Museum, and art museums can be found in Rochester, Duluth, Minneapolis and beyond.

An older woman examining pictures along a green wall at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona is a must-see for art appreciators

Must-See Art Museums

Art aficionados and appreciators will discover an incredible variety of art museums and sculpture gardens to visit throughout the state. No matter your preferred medium or style, Minnesota’s artistic array is sure to astound. 

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Hjemkomst Viking ship

The Hjemkomst Viking ship once sailed to Norway / Davin Wait, Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

History Museums

Unravel the stories behind intriguing artifacts and learn more about Minnesota’s past at these 10 fascinating and fun Minnesota history museums.

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Man stands in front of Prince museum exhibit

Celebrate the life of Prince at the Minnesota History Center's "First Avenue" exhibit / Melanie Graves

Explore the Minnesota History Center

Minnesota’s premier historical museum offers an interactive, visually stimulating glimpse of the state’s history and people, presenting exhibitions that are organized around both theme and period.

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Mille Lacs Indian Museum exhibit

Visit the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post for a closer look at the region's history / Brady Willette, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Indigenous Peoples Museums

Honoring the rich Ojibwe (or Anishinaabe) and Dakota (Lakota) heritage of Minnesota’s history and culture, these are some of the best places to learn about everything from spiritual drumming and colorful powwow dances to intricate basketweaving and beadwork.

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SPAM museum exterior

Meet Minnesota's favorite meat at the SPAM Museum in Austin / Eileen Chao

Consumable History

If you really want to “take it all in,” a slew of must-visit museums are dedicated to serving up some of Minnesota’s most mouthwatering history lessons. Did someone say Spam Museum?!

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