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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Bell Museum of Natural History
Bell Museum of Natural History

(612) 626-9660

2088 Larpenteur Ave W
Minneapolis, MN 55113   Directions Website

Check out the extensive animal specimen collection at the Bell Museum of Natural History. You'll see the preserved collection of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles, insects, invertebrates, plants, and mammals. The creatures are showcased in traveling exhibits, attractions, dioramas, and touch and see exhibits.

Hennepin History Museum
Hennepin History Museum

(612) 870-1329

2303 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404   Directions Website

Take a trip through the Twin Cities' social history at the Hennepin History Museum. The exhibits explore the timeline of Hennepin County, from its founders to its inhabitants and their cultures, its communities, economy and more.

Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum

(612) 341-7555

704 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401   Directions Website

Explore a big part of Minneapolis history at the Mill City Museum. The museum takes a look back at the time when the world's largest flour mill was in operation. Due to a fire, the original mill is no longer standing, however the museum is housed in a modern take on the old mill. The building is occupied with artwork and exhibits detailing the mill's past and its importance to the city - not to mention it's a gorgeous piece of architecture overlooking the river, making it a must-see for visitors.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art

(612) 870-3000

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404   Directions Website

Get in touch with your inner artist and browse the art collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The collections include Asian arts, contemporary art, decorative arts, textiles, sculptures, paintings, photography, and more - whichever media of art you prefer, there's sure to be a masterpiece on display that will inspire you.

Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum

(651) 225-6000

10 W 7th St
St Paul, MN 55102   Directions Website

Find out why Parents Magazine voted the Minnesota Children's Museum as one of the top ten children's museums in the nation. Visit the museum and let the kids explore nature, the arts, culture, science, and more through hands-on exhibits and attractions.

Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Minnesota Streetcar Museum

(952) 925-3716

2330 W 42nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410   Directions Website

Go for a ride with the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and experience the transportation of yesteryear. The Como-Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line are up and running living history museums, that won't only take you for a ride on the city's streetcar system but they'll take you back in time too! You won't want to miss this unique tour.

Museum of Russian Art
Museum of Russian Art

(612) 821-9045

5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419   Directions Website

Stroll through North America's only museum dedicated to it's namesake, the Museum of Russian Art. You'll find Russian art and artifacts displayed in unique, original exhibits that reveal various perspectives of the country's history and heritage.

The Bakken Museum
The Bakken Museum

(612) 926-3878

3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55416   Directions Website
Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum

(612) 625-9494

333 E River Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55455   Directions Website

Check out the unique art on display at the Weisman Art Museum, part of the University of Minnesota. The museum is home to over 17,000 pieces of art in the areas of American modernism, ceramics, pottery, Korean furniture, and more. If you're a fan of specific types of art and artists, keep your eye on the museum's calendar for touring exhibitions and events.

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