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Here you will find links to educational programs, outreach initiatives, research areas, and more...a wealth of scientific knowledge developed at right here at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Take some time to explore the many programs that your membership supports...and come back often!


The Science Museum's Lifelong Learning Department offers programs for all ages. Youth Classes & Camps are for youth ages 3-16. Schools and educators can find information on visiting the museum, bringing museum presenters to their schools, and programs to further teachers' professional development. Our adult Computer Education Center program has training on a wide variety of computer topics, available as pre-scheduled classes as well as custom group or onsite visits.

The Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center is a natural educational facility providing a wide range of programs by appointment for schools, groups, and the public. View their range of programs, sign up to volunteer as a trail guide or a bird bander, and learn about various animals up for "adoption" at the center.

Science Learning

Visit our Science Learning pages to learn about past and current research projects, view catalogues of artifacts, and try your hand at identifying this month's mystery object.

Object Identification
The staff of the Science Museum of Minnesota's Anthropology, Biology and Paleontology Departments will identify up to three objects for you, as a free service of the Science Division. Visit the Object Identification webpage for details.

See images from the collections, learn about the department's current projects, learn cuneiform symbols, and learn about the museum's ethnobotany safety program, Oh No! Ethnobotany.

Learn about the Biology Department's projects and research and plant and animal collections.

Follow our Paleontology staff as they make new discoveries, go back in time by visiting the department's collections, learn about their exhibits, and make new connections with their links.

St. Croix Watershed Research Station
The SCWRS is the Science Museum of Minnesota's field research station where scientists conduct ongoing ecological research at the watershed scale. You can read the station's newsletter, learn about its research, review their reports, and much more!

The Collections Services Department cares for the entire collection of the Science Museum, ranging from dinosaur bones to textiles. You can learn about the department's current projects and research, and visit their list of useful links.

You can also learn about protecting your own treasures on their Agents of Deterioration webpage.

Collections Services
Learn about the history of the museum's collections, the process of moving collections from the old building to the current one, and the department's current projects, including their work to digitize collections records to allow for increased access to and better management of this information.

Scientific Publications
See a listing of the Science Museum's publications and get information on availability and pricing.