Wells Fargo Museum
- Sixth and Marquette, Skyway Level, Minneapolis, MN
- (612) 667-4210
- Stroller accessible
- Open during bank hours
Since a lot of our adventures take place on weekends, I had the Wells Fargo Museum on my list for quite a while before we made it there. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found that although the museum is small, there’s plenty for kids to do, and the guide is very knowledgeable and informative.
Located on the skywalk level of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Minneapolis, some of the museum displays surround the rotunda, and there’s a room with information and equipment from the Wells Fargo of days gone by. There are a few hands-on things that kids can do, like tapping out a telegraph message.
The real fun, however, is the Wells Fargo Wagon. You can climb in, and the guide will rock it back and forth to give you a taste of what it was like to ride in the highbrow mode of travel in the 1800’s. The seats are uncomfortable, the motion constant, and the wagon ran day and night. When she then explained how many people rode on the wagon (6-9 inside and 4-6 on top), it made it hard to believe that this was the good way of travel. On the other hand, it beat walking, taking a ship around South America, or going through the Panama Canal to get to the West Coast. The kids loved the wagon ride.
Just for fun, there’s also a small mechanical wagon that’s free to ride for the kids, but the real Wells Fargo Wagon was their highlight.