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Science Museum of Minnesota Fact Sheet
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The Science Museum of Minnesota, the Upper Midwest's most popular museum attraction
On the Mississippi Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota
Founded in 1907 as the Saint Paul Institute of Science and Letters, the Science Museum of Minnesota welcomes more than one million visitors each year to see its world-class collection of dinosaurs and fossils, the nation's only convertible IMAX dome Omnitheater, its trademark hands- and bodies-on science exhibits, and a blockbuster slate of traveling exhibitions.
The Science Museum has occupied several locations in its 100-year-history, and opened its current, state-of-the-art museum facility in 1999. The Science Museum is the most-visited museum in the five-state region and consistently ranks first in Twin Cities rankings for favorite museums and favorite family outings.
Long History of Science Education Leadership
In addition to being the nation's leading museum producer of large format IMAX films, the Science Museum of Minnesota is also one of an elite group of organizations that creates and distributes museum exhibits to an international market and custom-builds exhibits for museums across the country.
Science Museum scientists and researchers span the globe, frequently publishing their groundbreaking research in paleontology and environmental sciences in leading scientific journals. The Science Museum's collection includes some 1.75 million artifacts.
The Science Museum has one of the most extensive and diverse arrays of museum education programming in the country, including: programs serving K-12 school audiences that reached 262,055 students and 1,540 teachers in 2006; out-of-school programs that serve nearly 26,000 youth each year; and adult programs that reach more than 13,000 people each year.
The Science Museum's primary visitor attractions include:
Hours vary seasonally. Call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org for current hours of operation.
For ticket prices and reservations, directions, and additional information, call (651) 221-9444 or visit www.smm.org.
Kim Ramsden/Chris Bauer, Public Relations Co-Directors, (651) 221-9423