The main areas of focus of the Science Learning Division include archaeology and ethnology; mammalogy, entomology, and ornithology; vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology; and river and stream ecology and watershed biology. Our artifacts and specimens are worldwide in scope and range in size from microscopic spores to dinosaurs.
The Anthropology Department collaborates with other museum staff on anthropology-related exhibits and programming while also maintaining traditional collections-based curatorial and research activities. Staff members work with tribal communities, state and federal agencies, community groups, and other scholars and scientists on projects ranging from ethnographic research and collecting, to archaeological research and fieldwork, to education and interpretation. Learn More
Staff and volunteers in Biology at the Science Museum of Minnesota curate the biological collections; contribute support, content expertise, and specimens to exhibits and programs; establish collaborative research partnerships with organizations such as the University of Minnesota and the Department of Natural Resources; conduct research activities and publish significant or relevant findings; network with other researchers and institutions by increasing information about and accessibility to the biology collections; and provide object identification and information programs for the general public. Learn More
The Paleontology Department's mission is to collect, research, and care for the fossilized remains of past life and to promote the professional and public understanding of extinct and modern life on Earth. Science Museum paleontologists take an interdisciplinary approach to their research programs by integrating information from fossil and living organisms to extract answers to questions of broad evolutionary significance. Staff conduct original research, collect new data through field and lab-based explorations, preserve fossils through curation of our collection, and bring paleontology to the public through exhibits and educational programming. Learn More
St. Croix Watershed Research Station
The mission of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) is to foster, through research and outreach, a better understanding of the ecological systems of the St. Croix River basin and watersheds worldwide. Since its founding in 1989, the station has hosted research projects focusing on the St. Croix River and its environs and has become a center for long-term ecological research studies of land-water interaction. Educational outreach through the exhibits and programs of the Science Museum of Minnesota reaches over 1 million people per year. Learn More
The Collections Services Department works to ensure the physical integrity of, protect and maintain the intellectual content for, and provide access to the collections and their documentation for museum staff, outside researchers, and the inquiring public. The anthropological, biological, paleontological, and geological collections are used as the basis for research and scholarly publications by Science Museum curators as well as visiting scientists. Working with curatorial departments as well as Exhibits and Education, Collections has specific responsibility for museumwide collections management. Learn More