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January 16, 2019

5 Top Museums in Minneapolis the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Planning to visit Minneapolis, or maybe you’re moving to Minneapolis?

If so, make sure you plan a visit to one of the city’s many museums.

The City of Minneapolis is home to many museums showing thousands of years’ worth of culture and history.

Its cultural and historical museums attract thousands of tourists each year, making it a major tourist destination in the US. These are a few of the reasons that make living in Minneapolis ideal.

Here are five of the top museums in Minneapolis you shouldn’t miss. Read on to find out what you should do and visit next.

1. Bell Museum of Natural History

Discover and explore the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Connected with the University of Minnesota the Bell Museum combines science, art, and the environment with an exclusive Minnesota perspective. The Bell Museum features a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, one-of-a-kind wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences and more.

2. Science Museum of Minnesota

Visit one of the most popular and comprehensive museums in the upper midwest.

Founded in 1907 the Science Museum of Minnesota is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, MN. It provides more than 370,000 square feet of educational space, including a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery, five permanent galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater.

3. Mill City Museum

Experience the history of Minneapolis through the history of the flour industry in the Mill City Museum. The museum operates on the ruins of the Washburn “A” Mill, which was the largest flour mill in 1874.

The museum sits on the Historic Mississippi Riverfront, so you’ll also learn some histories about the river itself. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the building and the works of local artists, including murals and sculptures.

4. American Swedish Institute

You won’t miss the American Swedish Institute when you’re in Minneapolis – it’s the beautiful castle on Park Avenue. In the early 1900s, it was home to a Swedish immigrant family.

Today, it’s home to exhibits and collections.

It’s a nice place to visit to learn more about the Swedish culture through performing arts, contemporary artworks, Nordic crafts, and even Nordic cuisine.

5. The Bakken Museum

The primary focus of the Bakken Museum is on electricity, technology, and the humanities. It’s great for igniting the passion for innovation in kids. It features scientific and interactive exhibits even kids will love.

A wonderful bonus is that the museum is located on one of the most beautiful settings around, in the West Winds mansion on  Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and home to the Florence Bakken Medicinal Gardens.

More Museums in Minneapolis to Visit

In addition to those mentioned above, there are more museums in Minneapolis to explore when you move here. We also have the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Wells Fargo History Museum, and much more.

If you’re planning a move and you’re not sure how to get it all done, contact us today. We’ll make moving easier so you can enjoy the Minneapolis museums right away.

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