Collections Gallery | Science Museum of Minnesota

Collections Gallery

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Collections Gallery provided a venue for the museum to showcase its more than 1.5 million natural history artifacts and specimens. These objects were rotated through the exhibit, to make more of the collection accessible. Visitors not only we able to view the collections, but were also able learn where the objects came from, why they are important, and how they are cared for. Highlights included an Egyptian mummy, and a selection of questionable medical devices.

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Collections
Collections
The Science Museum’s collections include 1.75 million objects. The Collections Gallery showcases selections from various collections including shells, ceramics, textiles, hats, and animal mounts.

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Collections
Collections
A 28-million-year-old crocodile from South Carolina is one of many reconstructed fossils from South Carolina on exhibit in the Collections Gallery.

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Hmong House
Hmong House
In 1990, the Science Museum contracted with local Hmong elders to build this replica house using traditional tools and wood harvested from Minnesota forests.

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History of the Museum
History of the Museum
The Science Museum was founded in 1907, and this area of the gallery showcases our past with “cabinets of curiosities,” mounted specimens, and text panels telling of museum sponsored classes to learn English, accounting, sculpting, or painting.

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Mummy Area
Mummy Area
In 1925, the Science Museum received a mummy as a gift because, as the donor said, “every reputable museum needs a mummy.” He’s continued to be a “must see” icon at the museum.

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Collectors' Corner
Collectors' Corner
The Collectors’ Corner is a trading post for kids of all ages. Kids bring in objects, staff talk to the kids and award points for the object and their knowledge. With the points, visitors may trade for other things or save their points to for a trade.

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Trade Example
Trade Example
A Collectors’ Corner trader brought in this report about an oak tree and received 2,500 points. With the points, the young trader could spend her points on rocks, shells, skulls, bones, and lots more.

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Hunters of the Sky
Hunters of the Sky
This Barn Owl is part of the Hunters of the Sky exhibit, an exhibit that features beautifully mounted birds of prey—eagles, owls, and hawks.

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Questionable Medical Devices
Questionable Medical Devices
The Questionable Medical Devices exhibit highlights devices from the past that promised to cure whatever ailed you. This fluoroscope was popular at shoe stores from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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Sand Samples
Sand Samples
The Collectors’ Corner includes an area devoted to the geology and study of sand. This display shows the variety of colors and textures of sands from around the world. Museum visitors donated many of these samples.

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Conservation Lab
Conservation Lab
In the Conservation Lab at the Science Museum of Minnesota, conservators are preparing rolled storage mounts for textiles. This is a safe and space-efficient manner to store textiles.