Sizing up the Science Museum of Minnesota
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- The Science Museum of Minnesota has a volume of more than 8.2 million cubic feet. (That's room for 779 million light bulbs, and even more bright ideas!)
- The Science Museum has nearly 370,000 square feet of indoor space. This equals 8½ acres under one roof.
- The Science Museum also has ten acres of outdoor parks – including the outdoor activities in the Big Backyard– right along the Mississippi River.
- The Science Museum has 37,000 square feet of windows offering dramatic views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul.
- The museum includes 24,240 square feet for Research and Collections, giving scientists plenty of state-of-the-art space to research and preserve the museum's 1.75 million artifacts.
- The William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater, a convertible IMAX® Dome, seats 375 visitors, and every seat has an excellent view of the show.
- The Museum's Omnitheater is the only convertible IMAX® dome theater in the United States. (A convertible dome IMAX® theater can convert from a seven-story tall, nine-story-wide flat screen to a nine-story wide domed screen allowing maximum flexibility.)
- The Omnitheater has a volume of 1,234,688 cubic feet, or 9,235,466 gallons – larger than the combined volume of all six of Shamu the killer whale's tanks at Orlando's Sea World.
- The museum has seven state-of-the-art classrooms in a specially-designed classroom suite on a dedicated education floor. Four of these classrooms can be partitioned, making the grand total 11.
- The Science Museum welcomes more than a million visitors every year, and reaches more than 260,000 K-12 students and more than 1,500 teachers from all over Minnesota and across the region.
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