How to visit local museums for less


It’s cold outside! But that doesn’t mean you and your Little are done with new adventures for the season. Lucky for us, the Twin Cities are home to several great museums, where you can explore just about every topic imaginable – from art to science to history! A trip to the museum doesn’t have to cost more than a trip to the park, either. We’ve got the scoop for free admission days, BBBS discounts and other ways to save while enjoying the great experiences these museums have to offer.

Minneapolis Institute of ArtsMinneapolis-institute-of-arts

It’s no coincidence that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is first on our list – general admission to this museum is completely free, all day, every day. Spend a day (or several) browsing their extensive collections of fine arts from all around the world, or join one of the daily public tours, which are also free of charge. Special exhibitions and events may require purchased tickets.

Bell Museum of Natural HistoryBell Museum_logo_4C

Discover your inner naturalist at the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History. Although this museum is not free – tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youths – you can visit for free every Sunday! Bigs and Littles also get two for one admission every day of the week. Exhibits rotate seasonally; right now, you can learn about astronomy, biodiversity and the Mississippi River.

Science Museum of Minnesotaindex

One of the finest science museums in the country, the Science Museum of Minnesota is a great place to take your Little of any age. Permanent and rotating exhibits, plus an endless rotation of films in the Omnitheater, will draw you back again and again. Admission for Bigs and Littles is just $3 using the BBBS ID – details are on Match Central.

Minnesota Children’s MuseumMCM_LogoRGP

The Minnesota Children’s Museum features interactive, experiential exhibits designed for kids to explore and enjoy. Although admission is $9.95, the Children’s Museum is free on the third Saturday of every month. This is a busy day and admission is limited, so expect to wait in line for 10-20 minutes before you can enter.

Minnesota History Centerminnesota-history-center_logo

The headquarters of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota History Center is a great resource for local history. Interactive exhibits rotate seasonally – there’s one on toys of the ’50s and ’60s right now – and the extensive library is a great resource for research projects. Admission to the museum is $11, but not on Tuesdays from 5pm-8pm, when you can visit for free.

We’ve barely scratched the surface! What’s your favorite museum to visit in the Twin Cities? Tell us in the comments!


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