MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Minneapolis, Minnesota
We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids!
Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch)
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Eloise Butler Wildflower and Bird Sanctuary, 2.5 miles west on SR 55, then .5 mile s. on Theodore Wirth Pkwy. Allow 2 hours minimum. Daily 7:30-dusk, Apr.-Oct. Admission Free, Phone (612) 370-4903.
Hennepin History Museum 2303 3rd Ave. S., Tuesday-Sunday noon-5; Closed holidays. Admission $, Phone (612) 870-1329. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minneapolis Planetarium, In the Minneapolis Library at 300 Nicollet Mall, Shows Monday-Sat at 11, 1 and 2:15 also Thurs. at 7:30pm), Sunday at 1 and 2:15, June - Aug; Saturday at 11, 1, 2 and 3:30, Sunday at 1, 2:15 and 3:30, Thursday at 7:30, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., rest of year. Closed holidays and between new programs Admission $, Phone (612) 630-6155.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Guided tours Tuesday-Sunday and 2 (also Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 1). Open Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday 10-5, Thursday 10-9, Sunday noon-5; closed July 4, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission Free, Phone (612) 870-3131.
Minnesota Zoological Gardens, 20 miles S. on SR 77 to 13000 Zoo Boulevard in Apple Valley. From St. Paul take I-35E 15 miles s. to SR 77. Allow 4 hours minimum. Daily 9-6, Apr.-Sept.; 9-4, rest of year; closing times many vary. Admission $$, AE, MC, VI, Phone (612) 431-9200.
Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, 219 Main St. S.E., Allow 1 hour minimum. Monday-Thursday 5-9, Friday-Saturday 11-10, Sunday noon-5. Admission Donations, Phone (612) 379-4046. Email: Quack@mtn.org.
James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, 17th Ave. and University Ave. S.E. Tuesday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5. Admission $, Free to all Thursday, Phone (612) 624-7083.|
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