Museum Day 2020 – Cancelled

Smithsonian has cancelled Museum Day 2020. Learn more on the Smithsonian website

The 2020 Smithsonian Museum Day is moving from September to April 4, 2020. 

Minnesota has always had several participating museum (not always the same museums). It will be interesting to see how many museums sign on for the first year of the event being held in April. We now have 12 Minnesota museums signed up to participate, but there may be more last-minute into March. We’ll keep checking and update as we go.

The big question. Is This Really A Good Deal?

In a lot of cases, no. Many of these museums are free or cheap year round and may require a road trip. In those cases, you may be happier visiting on a more convenient day. However, for other participants, Smithsonian’s Museum Day may be the only chance to see that museum for free. (Note that you only get two free tickets, you may still end up paying for some family members). We list participating Minnesota museums here, including the address, an approximate drive-time from the Twin Cities, and the prices you would pay any other day.

The obvious winners for a Twin Cities pick are the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum and the Museum of Russian Art (both late entries). Grab your ticket fast if either of these are your choice.

My picks for the best road-trip deals of 2020 are Runestone Museum in Alexandria and Winona County Historical Society in Winona. Both are about 2 hours from the Twin Cities, so they do require a road trip, but a family will save on admission. And, in April we have pretty even odds that the roads will be clear and the weather will be nice.

Finally, If you don’t see the museum you want to visit on this list, check the Museum Day page linked above, because sometimes there are last-minute additions and sometimes museums even get removed from the list.

2020 Minnesota Museum Day Participants:

More museums may be added over the next month. We will update this list as regularly through March. If you don’t see a museum you want to visit, stay tuned.

4 Saint Paul Museums:

  1. Goldstein Museum of Design
    1985 Buford Ave., 241 McNeal Hall, St. Paul
    Usual Admission: FREE
  2. Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota
    375 University Avenue #204, St. Paul
    Usual Admission: $5 person
  3. American Museum of Asmat Art
    2115 Summit Ave, Mail 44C, Saint Paul
    Usual Admission: Free Every Day
  4. Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum
    668 Transfer Road,Suite 8, St. Paul
    Usual Admission: $10 Ages 5+ (with discounts for groups of 4 or more)

1 Minneapolis Museums:

  1. Museum of Russian Art
    5500 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis
    Usual Admission: Adults: $13, Seniors 65+: $11, Students: $5, Children 0-13: Free

3 Museum Day Road Trips to the North:

  1. Runestone Museum
    206 Broadway Street, Alexandria
    2 hour drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Adults: $8.00; Children 5-17: $5.00; Family (parent & children 17 and under): $20.00; Children under 5: FREE
  2. Clearwater County History Center
    Highway 2 in Shevlin (7 miles east of Bagley)
    4 hour drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Free Every Day
  3. Koochiching Museums
    214 6th Avenue, International Falls
    4 hour 40 minute drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: $4 for Adults, $2 for Students, Children 6 & Under are FREE

4 Museum Day Road Trip to the South:

  1. Hillstrom Museum of Art
    800 West College Avenue, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, 56082
    1 hour 15 minute drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Free Every Day
  2. Blue Earth County Historical Society
    424 Warren Street, Mankato
    1 hour 40 minute drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Adults $5.00; Children/Students: $3.00; Children 7 and under: FREE
  3. Winona County Historical Society
    160 Johnson St, Winona, MN 55987
    2 hour 15 minute drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Adults $7.00; Children $3.00; Families: $20.00; Children under 4: FREE
  4. Becker County Museum
    714 Summit Avenue, Detroit Lakes
    3 hour drive from the Twin Cities
    Usual Admission: Adults $5.00; Children: FREE

Click here to see museums that have participated in past years

Our Museums & Historic Sites page shares the best deals on area museums year round.

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