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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
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(612) 626-9660

10 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455   Directions

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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.

Ellingson Car Museum
Ellingson Car Museum
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(763) 428-7337

20950 Rogers Dr
Rogers, MN 55374   Directions

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From the automobiles of the 20s to the American muscle cars of the 60s and 70s, if you appreciate classic cars and the rev of an engine, then check out the Ellingson Car Museum. The museum houses over 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles dating back to yesteryear for you to see, along with pictures, video, and memorabilia.

Hennepin History Museum
Hennepin History Museum
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(612) 870-1329

2303 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404   Directions

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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
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(612) 341-7555

704 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401   Directions

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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.

Minnesota River Heritage Park
Minnesota River Heritage Park
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(763) 694-7784

2187 Highway 101 E
Shakopee, MN 55379   Directions

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Get a feel for what it would have been like to live in the Minnesota River Valley over 150 years ago at The Landing in Minnesota River Heritage Park. The 88-acre living history museum is home to authentic 19th century buildings, including an inn and a grist mill that are open for tours. You'll leave this attraction a little more appreciative of modern amenities, like washing machines and indoor plumbing.

Museum of Russian Art
Museum of Russian Art
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(612) 821-9045

5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419   Directions

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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
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(612) 926-3878

3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55416   Directions

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Weisman Art Museum
Weisman Art Museum
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(612) 625-9494

333 E River Rd
Minneapolis, MN 55455   Directions

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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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