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Due to safety concerns around COVID-19, the Science Museum of Minnesota is temporarily closed to the public.

You’ve arrived at the Science Museum’s news-sharing hub. Here, you can dig in to the many projects underway at the museum that touch us here in Minnesota—and around the world. You’ll find that the Science Museum is much more than a museum—it’s an innovator in education and leadership programs, an advocate for equity and inclusion, an active research facility, an out-of-school home for an inspiring generation of future STEM leaders, an event destination for all ages, and much, much more.

So plug in to the ways that the Science Museum is turning on the science in our community, our region, our nation, and our world. We’re glad you’re here!

Fish Fossils
Friday, April 3, 2020

All Kinds of Fossils: Dig Into the Science Museum’s Paleontology Collection

From T. rex toe bones to ancient herring, explore the Science Museum’s paleontology collection with Dr. Alex Hastings

"Change is Possible!" handwritten.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

When Little Things Turn into Big Change: Small Steps that Make a Huge Difference

Solving climate change comes down to making everyday choices.

Friday, March 13, 2020

3 Fun and Simple Spring Break Science Experiments for All Ages

Physics, chemistry, and biology activities for people of all ages to learn and explore scientific concepts from home using common household items. Read on to learn how to create your own structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks, concoct fluffy slime, and more. 

Illustration representing COVID-19 virus.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Science Museum's response to COVID-19

Like so many businesses and organizations, the Science Museum is keeping a close eye on COVID-19. We have a comprehensive impact plan to help us prepare for and respond to the challenges a widespread disease outbreak might pose to our operations, visitors, staff, and volunteers. Above all, we want your visit to be a safe and healthy one.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Ancient Caves Dives Deep But Shares Local Connection

Dr. Larry Edwards has developed a technique that gives us information about climatic changes hundreds of thousands of years in the past. 

 
Monday, March 2, 2020

Spring Break 2020: Big Spring Break Musts at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Spring your brain from boredom with acres of exhibits to explore and daily Omnitheater showings at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Hamilton's view of COP25: Science Museum representative is on the ground at the international climate conference

Patrick Hamilton, the Science Museum's director of Global Change Initiatives, is in Madrid this week attending the COP25 internation climate conference. Follow along as he shares his perspective of the climate negotiations as a member of We Are Still In, a bipartisan network that is committed to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and addressing the causes of climate change.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Outreach programs have been hitting every corner of Minnesota for six years running!

Each of the past six years, Science Museum programs have reached students and educators in all 87 Minnesota counties, either through field trips to the museum or through outreach programs to communities across greater Minnesota. Our crew of experienced instructors hit the road in early September and travel to the far reaches of the state to deliver our signature brand of science fun and learning. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Solar arrays can improve water quality, but placement matters!

Harvesting energy from the sun has clear benefits as we look for solutions for a more sustainable future. Science Museum scientists Patrick Hamilton and Shawn Schottler have an idea for how we can place solar arrays strategically on farmland to improve water quality, support pollinators and livestock, and provide economic benefits to local farmers.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Science Museum researcher travels to Greenland for an international research project on water quality in the face of climate change

The Science Museum's St. Croix Watershed Research Station is home to a team of scientists who study water around the world in an effort to better understand the challenges facing clean water and our relationship with this most precious resource. This summer, a member of the team traveled to Greenland, joining scientists from around the world in studying some of the planet's most pristine lakes. 

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