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Insider tips for a great visit - during Fall Break or anytime!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Posted by
Rachel Wong
Insider Tips
Need some tips to help plan your Science Museum visit? Look no further!


Choose your Omnitheater showtime and reserve your tickets in advance! For a list of showtimes for the date of your visit, go to and click on the calendar icon in the upper right corner.


It's Friday night? What are YOU doing? For a quieter visit before the weekend hustle and bustle, plan a visit to the museum!


Friday nights are also Student Discount nights! Show a valid student ID at the Box Office to take advantage of the savings.


Science Live shows take place daily at various locations throughout the museum. Work a show or two into your visit schedule; they're included in your admission!


Special events like Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry Day make your visit even more fun. Check out a list of upcoming events at


Look for the photo opportunities! The Musical Stairs are just one photo-ready location. Find the others, snap a pic, and share it with us! #ShareYourDiscovery

The Science Museum is open during MEA weekend! There are discoveries around every corner, along with Science Live theater performances, a new hands-on exhibit, a new Omnitheater film, and some fun special event days. It's a perfect destination for the upcoming school release days. 

We collected some insider tips to help you make the most out of your next museum visit with your family.

1. Plan ahead and grab the best seats in the Omnitheater. Fall break is a popular time to visit the museum, and planning your visit in advance helps ensure that you get tickets for the Omnitheater show time that suits your schedule best. Then, show up at the Omnitheater entrance about twenty minutes prior to your show time so you can be the first to select your seat! Pro tip: Many think the best seats in the Omnitheater are in the back section, as close to the middle as possible. You will get the best view for the Omnitheater's signature "you are there" experience, with the least amount of neck strain! Living in the Age of Airplanes, our new Omnitheater film, is now open! 

2. Visit us during our themed event days. Every day is a fun day to visit the museum. During MEA weekend, though, we've got some fun themed events on the calendar to enhance your visit even more. On Friday, October 19, volunteers from Medtronic will be on site to help you Discover Your Inner Engineer. And on Saturday, October 20, you can introduce yourself to real life chemists and try your hand at some fun chemistry experiments at our Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry event. Looking ahead? Other popular themed days include Boo-ology on October 27, our Science Fusion days in early 2019, and Star Wars Day in February 2019. Keep an eye on our website for a full listing of coming events and features

3. Work a Science Live show into your schedule - while snacking! Feeling a bit peckish, but want to be entertained at the same time? At Chomp on level 3, you can pull up a chair at the counter and watch a Science Live show on the Atrium Stage - all while eating your panini or pizza. Just make sure to finish your food before entering the exhibits again.

4. For a quieter experience, visit us in the evening. Friday evenings, to be specific. The museum is generally quieter on Friday nights, ahead of the weekend hustle and bustle. Plus, students get a discount when they bring a valid student ID on Friday nights after 5 p.m. May we recommend The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, our newest exhibit on level 4?

5. Take photos on the Musical Stairs! We all love to capture happy moments, and the Musical Stairs are the perfect backdrop for your photos - particularly during this season of fall color! Find the Musical Stairs in the back of the lobby between levels 5 and 6, and take advantage of the amazing natural light and the spectacular Mississippi River views. Grab a bite to eat at Elements Cafe on level 6 after your impromptu photo shoot!

We love to see the fun that our visitors have! Tag us in your photos @sciencemuseummn, or use #ShareYourDiscovery!


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