First Time Visitors | Science Museum of Minnesota

First Time Visitors

This guide will help you make the most of your first visit to the museum.

Welcome to the Science Museum of Minnesota

This guide will help you make the most of your first visit to the museum. We’re glad you’re planning a visit!

Getting here

How do I get there?
The Science Museum is located in downtown Saint Paul at 120 W. Kellogg Boulevard. Visit our Parking & Directions page for specific driving directions.

The Science Museum is just a few blocks from the Green Line and is near several bus routes. Use the Metro Transit Trip Planner to find the best route for you.

Where do I park?
Parking is available in the Science Museum’s own parking ramp. There is also metered street parking nearby as well as street parking in the nearby neighborhood.

How long does a visit take?
There is no standard length of time for a visit to the Science Museum. You can spend an hour to a whole day—it depends on how you experience the museum. For first time visitors we recommend allowing at least two hours to explore the museum and an additional hour if you plan to see a film in the Omnitheater. If you plan to eat in the museum, don’t forget to allow time for that as well.

Can I leave and re-enter the museum on the same day?
Yes, just make sure you keep your wristbands on.

Exhibits

What are the exhibits like?
All of the exhibits are designed with families in mind, so you will find exhibits components designed for both children and adults. Many of the exhibits are hands-on, so prepare to become engaged in learning. Learn more about our exhibits.

Can I take photographs?
Yes, please do!

Are the exhibits and Omnitheater accessible?
We are committed to making our exhibitions, Omnitheater films, programs, and services accessible to everyone—including those with special needs. Learn more

During your visit

Is there a mothering room for breastfeeding?
Mothers are welcome to nurse throughout the museum. If you would like a private area, the family restrooms on level 4 behind the We Move and We Stay Native American exhibit are equipped with a chair for nursing.

Where can we store our stuff?
Lockers are located on level 5 in the main lobby on both sides of the Explore Store. Lockers cost $1.25 in exact change. Lockers do not accept $1 bills, but a change machine is available nearby.

Can we bring a stroller?
Yes. Our exhibits are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Can we rent a stroller or wheelchair?
Wheelchairs are available at no cost on request from the Box Office. Strollers are available to rent at the Box Office for $2.

Are there private/gender neutral/family restrooms?
Family restrooms are located on level 4 behind the We Move and We Stay Native American exhibit. These restrooms can be used for those who need a private or gender neutral restroom.

Is there a quiet/prayer/meditation space?
The Science Museum currently does not have a space dedicated specifically for meditation or prayer, but there are some quiet spaces that may be used. If you need a quiet space, please ask a staff member, and they will be able to direct you to the best location within the museum.

Are there changing stations for children or adults?
Restrooms with changing stations for infants and children are located on each level of the museum near the exhibit elevators and in the family restrooms on level 4. An adult changing station is also available upon request. Please ask a staff member for assistance.

Are exhibits bilingual?
Many exhibits are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Tickets

Where do we buy tickets?
You can buy tickets for the exhibits and the Omnitheater at the Box Office in the lobby, online, or by phone by calling (651) 221-9444. If you are interested in seeing a movie in the Omnitheater, advanced reservations are recommended.

How much do tickets cost?
Check current ticket prices online.

If you or your family is on a limited income, visit our Hours & Admission page for discount ticket pricing.

To receive a limited-income discount, present your photo ID and one of the following documents at the museum box office:

  • EBT card
  • Medical assistance card (includes MinnesotaCare)
  • Section 8 document
  • WIC folder
  • Supplemental security income verification
  • Social Security disability benefits verification
  • Free/reduced school meal approval
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) card
  • General Assistance verification

Where to eat

The Science Museum of Minnesota has 3 locations that serve food:

Chomp (Level 3 near the dinosaurs)
Features pizza, panini sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Chomp opens at 10:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary; usually 2-3 hours before the museum closes.

Java Lab (Lobby)
Features a variety of espresso drinks, bakery goods, and house-made gelato. Open from 9:30 a.m. until an hour before the museum closes.

Elements Café (Level 6)
Features tasty entrees, salads, pizza, and beverages, plus patio seating with incredible views of the Mississippi River. Elements Café is open 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

Can I bring my own food in?
Yes! You are welcome to enjoy your food at any of our dining locations on levels 3, 5, or 6.