Travels with Children

The adventures I embark upon with my four young children.

Minnesota History Center

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.

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