101 Minnesota Museums & Historic Sites to Visit with Kids

Collage of kids exploring museums. Girl looking at mammoth jaw bone at Bell Museum of Natural History. Girl examining a tank tire at Minnesota History Center. Girl watching an art video at Weisman Art Museum. Girl learning about electricity and magnetism at the Bakken Museum. Text: Inspire Curiosity! Museums & Historic Sites. Family Fun Twin Cities.

Come along with FFTC as we start dreaming about packing up the family van and hauling its members across our fair state, sampling local history and culture as the miles roll away and the memories rack up. Our team is happiest when we’re out exploring and almost as happy to come back from family excursions to share our finds with YOU! You’ll never guess how much fun we had compiling this list of more than 100 Minnesota museums and historic sites worth adding to your road trip itinerary.

Twin Cities Metro Area,

Minneapolis-St Paul Museums & Historic Sites

The Minneapolis-St Paul area is “home” to our Family Fun Twin Cities Team, made up of three local moms, their partners and 12 children between them. We have spent the last eight years exploring and writing about the wonderful, kid-friendly museums and historic sites sprinkled across the metro area. We are so excited to share the details on dozens of these sites in our careful catalog of 61 TWIN CITIES MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES – complete with our touch of personal experience and money-saving tips. Find our quick list here, organized by region of the metro:

Minneapolis & St Paul Central Metro Museums

GREATER MINNESOTA MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES

Greater Minnesota bursts with educational (and fun!) museums and sites of historical and cultural significance. We’ll have you planning a road trip by the end of this list!

Duluth & Lake Superior North Shore

MINNESOTA FAMILY TRAVEL TIPS! Most of these Duluth museums & historic sites are covered on our DULUTH TRAVEL PAGE.

IRON RANGE – NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES

Exploring Soudan Underground Mine

Northwestern Minnesota Museums & Historic Sites

Historic Itasca State Park, one of our favorites in the system

Central Minnesota Museums & Historic sites

East Central Minnesota Museums & Historic sites

MINNESOTA FAMILY TRAVEL TIPS! Some of these East Central Minnesota museums & historic sites are covered on our I-35 TWIN CITIES TO DULUTH TRAVEL PAGE.

Heading SOUTH?

South Central Minnesota Museums & Historic Sites

MINNESOTA FAMILY TRAVEL TIPS! Most of these South Central Minnesota museums & historic sites are covered on our lists of the best things to do in MANKATO, MINNESOTA and NEW ULM, MINNESOTA.

Southeastern Minnesota Museums & Historic Sites

Historic Forestville, Minnesota

2 thoughts on “101 Minnesota Museums & Historic Sites to Visit with Kids”

  1. My kids love the Bell Museum. Can you recommend similar small and hands-one museums that school age kids will enjoy?

    1. Danielle, this is a great question. Hands on is so important with school age kids. Most of these museums offer some level of interaction. Our top picks: Right here in the Twin Cities, you should try both The Bakken and the Works for STEM-related museums. The Schubert Club Museum is awesome for hands-on music. And many of the MNHS Historical Places are both small and hands on.

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