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.
Mississippi River Visitor Center (in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota)
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.
Did You Know?
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.