Updated Jan 2014
The Minnesota History Museum is a fun museum for kids because it has hands on exhibits that kids can play with and touch. They have designated places throughout the museum where kids can touch artifacts and objects that relate to the exhibit. Another fun activity is the live actors who portray a different historical character each weekend. The last weekend of each month is family fun weekend with crafts and additional family friendly activities. Click Here for more details
The replica of a grain elevator is a favorite of younger kids who want to run and play. There are stairs to climb, slides and even a life size grain wagon to pretend to drive. I would caution that the weather exhibit that allows you to experience a tornado in a basement might be too scary for very young children. The noise of the tornado gets very loud.
Tickets to the museum are $11 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 – 17. The museum is free to the public on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. I would recommend this museum for grade school children and up. Very young kids won’t be able to read and may want to spend most of their time playing in the grain elevator or the bus on display.
They also have traveling exhibits so it is a good idea to check the website occasionally to see if there is anything of particular interest to your family.