Museums within the Park
Mill City Museum
704 South Second St., Minneapolis MN 55401
Flour was king! The mills that once sat along the Mississippi River in this area shipped wheat in from as far west as Montana and Kansas and as far north as Saskatchewan. The flour produced here was shipped east by rail and fed much of North America and western Europe. Most importantly, for better or worse, it changed the way we think of and market food even today. Mill City Museum is an excellent way to learn more about this important industry in Minneapolis.
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave., St. Paul MN 55111
Historic Fort Snelling once lay on the northwest frontier. This land was home to the Dakota, but successive waves of other nationalities—Spanish, French, English, and Americans—came to dominate trade and laid claims to the land itself. It is a story of economic and military competition, of justice and injustice, and forms a foundation helping us to understand who we are and how we arrived at this point in history.
Sibley House Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota MN 55150
The Sibley House Historic Site consists of four limestone buildings and is the oldest white settlement in Minnesota. Situated at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers, the site is rich in history.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
The Science Museum of Minnesota has permanent and temporary exhibits ranging widely in subject matter that interests both adults and kids. While at the museum be sure to visit the Mississippi River Visitor Center.