Points of Pride: 100 Years
The Science Museum of Minnesota successfully combines the best traditions of natural history museums with the hands-on approaches of science and technology centers. In the deep belief that science is an essential literacy, the museum is committed to:
- Increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and math, and
- Leading civic engagement on issues of science that impact the quality of our lives.
We hope you think of the museum as one of your favorite places for learning and fun with your family and friends. Many do—we have the highest attendance of any museum in Minnesota and the highest Omnitheater attendance of any museum in the US.
Here are ten more reasons that Minnesota can be proud of the Science Museum:
- We are one of the state's leading providers of professional development for science teachers and reach more than 300,000 schoolchildren through field trips to the museum and outreach programs in schools, libraries and community centers across the state.
- Thanks to our large audience and international reputation, we are able to bring to Minnesota high quality, high-impact exhibits, like BODY WORLDS and Pompeii.
- We have produced more Omnifilms than any other science museum in the world, and our films have shown in 30 countries and 16 languages.
- We have the largest, most successful exhibit program among science museums. We create our own exhibits, traveling exhibits that tour the U.S., and exhibits for other museums.
- We launched the first professional museum theater company in the U.S. (the late playwright August Wilson was one of our first interns).
- When the American Association of Museums honored the most influential exhibits of the last 100 years, they included three of our traveling exhibits in this elite list.
- Our collections include the world's most complete mounted Triceratops skeleton, objects and artifacts from 384 North American Indian tribes, and the nation's largest public collection of Hmong cultural artifacts.
- Our project-focused youth development programs are viewed as national models.
- Our scientists are working on basic research that supports data-driven decision making on issues of water quality and mercury pollution across the state and nation.
- We receive more informal science education grants through the highly competitive National Science Foundation than any other science museum in the U.S.
Download the Annual Report
To learn more about our museum and its programs please read the full 2007 Annual Report. (PDF | 590 KB)
2007 Annual Report - Financials (PDF | 432 KB)