We exist to...
Turn on the science: Inspire learning. Inform policy. Improve lives.
A world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better.
Science as an essential literacy
The ability to understand and use science is essential to educational success and full civic and economic participation in the world.
Fun, accessible learning
We engage learners by sparking interest and supporting deep science learning through wonder, play, hands-on exploration, and experimentation.
Authenticity and relevance
We present real objects and phenomena, solid scientific research, and compelling stories and insights from diverse perspectives.
Inclusion inside and out
Our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community.
Remaining vital to our community
We serve a vital role in the community, providing resources and opportunities for learning that are valued by families, educators, funders, and policy-makers.
Leadership through collaboration
We collaborate with organizations near and far, improving our own work, benefitting our partners, and setting an example for others.
Facts about the museum
- The Science Museum was founded in 1907.
- The museum’s current location on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul offers 370,000 square feet of space. It includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery, five permanent galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater.
- We impact over a million people from around the world every year through trips to our museum, school visits, our traveling exhibitions, and Omnitheater films.
- The museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.