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Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102 USA

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“The must-see, must-do museum”

The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.The Science Museum's building is 370,000 square feet, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering the topics of paleontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space. The Science Museum of Minnesota employs over 600 full and part time staff and is supported by more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers.

Once nicknamed "The Quackery Hall of Fame", the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices is a shining testament to our obsession with doing really, really weird crap to ourselves in the name of science. Though the museum closed in 2002, it lives on at the Science Museum of Minnesota as a collection of, "Questionable Medical Devices."

Want to shed that pesky extra 10 pounds? Why not strap yourself to the vibrating belts and shake the weight away. Does it work? No way, but that didn't stop us from doing it. How about knowing what your feet might look like in a pair of shoes without actually having to put them on? Well, there's an x-ray machine for that. What could possibly go wrong? If you want to know the hidden secrets of someone's personality, forget about getting to know them, the museum's fully functioning Phrenology reading machine can answer all your questions.

The fancy metal colander thingy was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to notable medical devices. A fan favorite is the Foot Operated Breast Enlarger Pump, aka the 10 dollar boob bruiser. Yep that's right, the device came with three cups (three?), a clear plastic pipe, and a foot pump. Unfortunately the Foot Operated Breast Enlarger Pump didn't work (no sh*t) and instead left four million pairs of really sore lady-lumps in its wake. They're also in possession of a prostate warmer… but you can use your own imagination for that one.

Owner Bob McCoy retired form the world of weird medical expertise in 2002 and donated his collection of over 325 exhibits to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Fans can visit today to see some of the exceptionally weird, and in many cases, exceptionally dangerous inventions, though unfortunately not all are on display.

If you're visiting the Science Museum of Minnesota don't forget to swing by the 'Questionable Medical Devices' exhibit. And don't worry, your prostate will remain un-warmed and your feet x-ray free, though you might have a little Phrenology measurement. It won't hurt a bit... -Roadtrippers

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Lots of great activities for the kids to learn and enjoy. Plan a whole day if you want to see everything.

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Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W
St. Paul, Minnesota
55102 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Tue, Wed: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat: 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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  • Independent
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Street Parking
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