Behind the Scenes | Science Museum of Minnesota
Monday, January 15

Noon to 4 p.m.

You love the Science Museum, but do you know what it takes to make it tick? Find out during our Behind the Scenes event! See our research labs, learn about active research projects, meet our scientists and volunteers, and more.

Included with museum admission.

Monday, January 15 Highlights

  • Explore the principles of flight and locomotion by examining the structures of bird and mammal specimens.
  • Discover how shipping containers are engineered to reduce shock and vibration while transporting museum artifacts.
  • See spear throwers and projectile points spanning 10,000 years of North American history, and learn how they were used in the past.
  • And so much more!

Citizen Science Winter Salt Lab

Also from 12-4 p.m. on Monday, January 15, visitors can participate in a water monitoring project that will examine the impact of road salt on lakes and streams in Minnesota. Each winter, more than 700 million pounds of salt is spread on icy sidewalks, parking lots, streets, and highways in Minnesota. What happens to all this salt when spring arrives? We want visitors to help us find out.

The Science Museum is partnering with American Public Media’s The Water Main initiative for a Citizen Science Winter Salt Lab. Collect one cup of water or melted ice from a site of your choice, label it, and bring it to the museum in a sealed plastic container (detailed instructions here). The water sample will be tested for dissolved solids, a good indicator of chloride, which is a major component of road salt. Learn what they can do to be smarter about salt use.

This water monitoring project will take place in the Mississippi River Gallery on level 5.

Upcoming Behind the Scenes

  • Monday, January 15: Research Labs
  • Monday, February 19: Collections Vault