Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. 651-259-3000. www.mnhs.org/historycenter/
$8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $4 ages 6-17, 5 and under free. Hourly-rate parking. Stroller accessible. Restrooms with changing tables available. Restaurant on premises.
We visited the Minnesota History Center on a Museum Adventure Pass from the library. The last time we had been there, admission was free, but budgetary changes caused an admission charge to begin a few years ago. Like many other Minnesota Historic Society venues, this is a museum for all ages, with plenty for the kids to do.
While the kids were busy pushing buttons to start short films, I enjoyed learning about transportation issues and the history of music in Minnesota, even doing a little dancing with the kids in the 50’s-style cafe exhibit. My husband explored a tornado and a rocket ship, and the kids were enthralled with the lighted ice palace display from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
I managed to sneak down to the gift shops for a few minutes while the kids played in the boxcar/elevator area with its life-size chutes and ladders under Dad’s supervision.
We’re interested to go back to see the new “Minnesota 150” exhibit.