Being able to chaperone my kids' field trips is a convenient way to get around the Twin Cities and see what there is to offer. Last year, I was able to go to a lot of different places. Just a few weeks ago, I was able to accompany a gaggle of 2nd graders to the Minnesota History Center. It is located in St. Paul overlooking both the capitol building and the rest of the city. The Minnesota History Center is full of exhibits built for the whole family to enjoy with many hands on activities--soda fountain, ammunition assembly line, airplane staircase, wind machine and weather vanes, a house to explore and touch--and loads of information for adults to digest.
Current Exhibits at Minnesota History Center
The Minnesota History Center's exhibits include on-going exhibits and featured exhibits. Current exhibits include:
This feature exhibit has been organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It includes more than 200 artifacts, photos and rare documents, footage from the NFL Film archives and interactive experiences. There is a hometown heroes section featuring the Vikings, including a section devoted to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp, where visitors can work on their vertical leap, broad jump, kicking and passing games.
The Grainland exhibit is a very fun interactive exhibit where you get to be a kernel of grain and experience the inside of a working Grain Elevator.
Different architecture Elements of the Minnesota History Center:
The Curtis JN-4 "Jenny" hanging from the ceiling
And if you just want to run around to blow off some steam, check out the plaza outside on the 2nd floor!
I would give this place a 2 thumbs up. It's a lot of fun and incredibly interactive. The MN History Center does a fantastic job of letting you experience history.
*some images are courtesy the Minnesota Historical Society, used with permission
This article originally published by Gianna Kordatzky - February 11, 2014
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