Mississippi River Visitor Center

Places to Go

PLEASE NOTE: The Mississippi River Visitor Center will be closed due to the annual maintenance shutdown of the Science Museum of Minnesota on the following dates: September 6-9, open on September 10-11, and closed September 12-16. The visitor center will reopen on September 17 to its usual schedule.
Visitors work with indoor exhibits.

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 park volunteers, the Visitor Center has free admission.

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, Junior Ranger program, Story Time with a Ranger, and Mississippi River Gallery talks. Exhibits explain Mississippi River culture, biology, and history. Call 651-293-0200 for more information.

Visitors may also seek advice about the many recreational opportunities within the park. Hiking, biking, canoeing and boating, fishing, birding, or skiing and snowshoeing are all popular activities. Rangers can also provide trip planning advice to any of the approximately 400 National Park units.

This is also a good place to learn about the park's scheduled programming. Popular activities include Bike with a Ranger, Fish with a Ranger, and other programs. Check our Schedule of Events regularly for upcoming events. 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 at the visitor center.

Family-Friendly, Natural History, Hiking & Walks, History & Culture, Museum, and NPS Passport Program.

Hours, Directions, and Contact Information

  • See Operating Hours and Seasons for more information.
  • Walk-up address: 120 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102
  • Parking address: 100-198 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 near 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.

Nearby Sites
Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, Lilydale Regional Park, Harriet Island, Indian Mounds Regional Park, Science Museum of Minnesota

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105
Saint Paul, MN 55101


(651) 293-0200
This is the general phone line at the Visitor Center, which is staffed every day except Mondays. Please leave a voicemail if we miss your call and expect a return call within 1-2 days.

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