Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MN History Center

The history museum is really a lot more fun than it sounds.  This picture was taken in the WW2 section where you set the timer and see how many bullets you can assemble.  They also have an airplane simulator that recreates what it would have been like to be in the war.  I remember the look of fear in my son's eyes as the plane got hit.  It's a pretty real way to experience the realities of war.  They also have an old pinball machine, so I try to remember to bring a pocket of change in case it is working.  I think it takes nickels. They have a tornado simulator, and a grainland exhibit where the kids can climb and slide.  Their open house exhibit is an actual house from St. Paul that you can walk through as it tells the interesting stories of the different people that have lived there.  It is interesting for the  adults, and there is hopscotch in the backyard and activities for the kids.  In the Minnesota history section they have a tipi and a boxcar and the emergency exit door from the school bus that was in the I-35 bridge collapse.  This museum does an excellent job of making history come alive.

Tickets are $11, $9, or $6 depending on age, and admission is free on Tuesdays from 5-8PM.  Also on free Tuesdays they often have special events or free music.  One Tuesday they had free segway rides. Stop by, there is always something fun there.

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