Introduction Located in downtown St. Paul, just off the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Mississippi River Visitor Center serves as a gateway to adventure along the mighty Mississippi. Operated by the National Park Service and staffed with park rangers and volunteers, the visitor center has free admission.
Activities at the MRVC There is a wide variety of programming at the Visitor Center, including videos about the Mississippi National River and Recreation and other parks within the National Park system, interactive exhibits, reading nook, and Junior Ranger program. Exhibits explain Mississippi River culture, biology, and history.
Visitors may also seek advice about the many recreational opportunities within the park. Hiking, biking, canoeing and boating, fishing, watching wildlife and birding, or skiing and snowshoeing are all popular activities.
Please note that we have transferred selected merchandise to the Explore Store just across the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota and discontinued sales of other items at the Visitor Center. We continue to sell America the Beautiful passes (annual, senior, access, military) at the visitor center.
Walk-up address: 120 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102
Parking address: 198 N Chestnut St, St Paul, MN 55102
GPS (walk-up to front of museum): 44.942918, -93.098497
GPS (museum parking): 44.942524, -93.100299
The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Parking is available at the Museum's parking garage on Chestnut Street and MetroTransit has bus stops on many different routes converging in downtown St. Paul within a few blocks of the Visitor Center.