• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Operating Hours & Seasons

The NPS-staffed Mississippi River Visitor Center operating hours may vary according to season and special event schedules. Please call 651-293-0200 for more information.

Other visitor centers operated by state and local governments and private agencies can be found throughout the park. Operating hours of these facilities vary from season to season. A map of the area that includes places of interest and contact information can be found in our Places to Visit section.

Mississippi River Visitor Center (in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota)

  • Monday: The visitor center is closed, except some holidays (Memorial Day, Labor Day - call the visitor center for holiday specific hours).
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Monday, March 3, 2014 through Monday, April 7, 2014 the visitor center will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Every September the Science Museum of Minnesota is closed for one to two weeks for maintenance and exhibit updates. The Park's Headquarters has limited park brochures and a National Park cancellation stamp available during regular working hours; please call ahead to alert office staff of your arrival (651-290-4160). See below for Headquarter hours.

NOTE: Seasonal schedule changes occur due to museum special events and severe weather events. Call the visitor center at 651-293-0200 for more information.

Headquarters Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
The office is closed on federal holidays.
Please call (651) 290-4160 for more information.


Did You Know?

Lock and Dam Number 1 from a long distance.

At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.