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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!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Science Museum is proud to be a leading member of We Are Still In

The Science Museum was one of the first cultural organizations to join We Are Still In, a national coalition of organizations that are commited to demonstrating America's commitment to tackling climate change. Patrick Hamilton, director of Global Change Initiatives, believes that science centers and other museums are uniquely positioned to advance awareness of climate issues, and with his help, the museum is an example for the industry.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Tools and features to make you feel at home at the museum

At the Science Museum, you'll find big entertainment and learning. Sometimes its the little touches, though, that make an experience great. Read on to learn about some of the amenities we have in place to make a museum visit successful and meaningful to visitors with wide-ranging needs and learning styles.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Jeannette Brown was the first African American to earn a graduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota

Jeannette Brown overcame the barriers that kept women and people of color from STEM achievement, and she did it right here in Minnesota. We introduce her as an example of a trailblazer who has committed her life to showing others who are underrepresented in science that they can do the same.

Friday, February 22, 2019

That’s a wrap! Omnifest 2019 is coming to a close, and so is a remarkable career that shaped an industry

It’s closing weekend for Omnifest 2019! As we close out the 20th year of the popular film festival, we prepare to say goodbye to both a format and an industry pioneer.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Engineering is Elementary lets kids – and their teachers – experience the extraordinary wonders of engineering

It’s National Engineers Week, and we’re celebrating the huge success of a partnership with the Cargill Foundation that put the hands-on Engineering is Elementary® curriculum in the classrooms of thousands of kids around the metro. Building on this model, a renewed partnership will bring a new curriculum that builds critical computational thinking skills to Minnesota students.

Friday, February 15, 2019

College student finds a home for her skills and passion in the Archaeology Lab

The Women in Science and Engineering event is on Saturday, February 16. It's the perfect occasion to introduce you to Abigail Thomsen, one of the women making a difference in our own science labs! 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Planning a visit for Omnifest 2019? Here are a few tips!

Come in from the cold and snow and take in a film - or five! - during Omnifest! We've got some pro tips for an Omnifest visit that runs smoothly from start to finish! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Furloughed federal employees to receive free admission during the government shutdown

Beginning Tuesday, January 15, furloughed federal employees will receive free admission to the Science Museum. We hope they'll take a break from the stress of the government shutdown, spend time with family and friends, and make memories.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Get to know Dr. Alex Hastings, our new Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology!

Since we first introduced Dr. Alex Hastings, he and his wife have welcomed a son and moved their family - including two dogs, three cats, two lizards, and a snake - across the country. Now that he's had some time to settle in, we sat down to chat with him about his new job. Find out why he thinks paleontology is cool, what's going on in his lab right now, and what comic books he recommends!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Light up the winter nights with Illumination-inspired science activities

The winter solstice, or the shortest day of the year, is December 21. If the lack of light and winter blues are getting to you, the Illumination event at the Science Museum is the perfect antidote. And these simple activities will light up your home!

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