Mississippi River Visitor Center

 
Visitors work with indoor exhibits.

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.

(A second visitor center, the St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center, serves the Minneapolis area during the summer months.)

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.

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 (annual, senior, access, military) 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.
  • 651-293-0200
  • 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.

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

Phone:

(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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