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Tornado Alley

Field Trips & Educators

Tornado AlleyTornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events—the birth of a tornado. Filmmaker Sean Casey's personal quest to capture the phenomenon with a 70mm IMAX camera takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. A team of equally driven scientists, the VORTEX2 researchers, experience the relentless strength of nature's elemental forces as they literally surround tornadoes and the supercell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected.

Learning Goals for Students:

  • To understand where Tornado Alley is located.
  • To understand the tools that scientists use to study tornadoes.
  • To understand how scientists work together to gather data, make observations, and draw conclusions about severe weather events.

Book a field trip today for best availability and pricing! Submit a Reservation Request or call (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444.

Field Trip Admission Prices

Reduced Price Eligibility*
Tornado Alley +
Museum Admission

Teacher, Chaperone



* Schools with 50% or more of their students approved for free and reduced-price meals (as cited by the Minnesota Department of Education) are eligible for the museum's Reduced Price Program.

Planning Your Field Trip

  • The tickets are timed entry tickets, and advance reservations are necessary for school groups.
  • Pricing valid for PreK-12th grade school groups only.
  • The museum has special rates for teachers and chaperones, depending on ratio. (There can be no fewer than one chaperone for every 10 students.) Please ask when you call to make your reservation.
  • Find information on pricing for the general public here.

Educator Resources

Tornado Alley Educator Overview (2 pages; PDF | 1.3 MB)
Short overview of the Tornado Alley film, what your students can expect on their field trip, and connections to Minnesota State Science Standards.

Tornado Alley Educator's Guide (24 pages; PDF | 4.4 MB)
Includes spotlights on scientists, weather technology, and safety, as well as weather experiments and activities.