Pirate booty

The Science Museum of Minnesota

One of the places we visit the most is the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. They have a wide variety of permanent exhibits, hands-on learning opportunities, and Omnitheater. The museum also hosts one or two traveling exhibits throughout the year.

Ferrofluid
Learning about ferrofluid

This summer, the Science Museum is hosting the Real Pirates exhibit. The exhibit tells of the Whydah, a pirate ship that was originally a slave ship, its crew, and its fate. Some of the recovered artifacts include clothing, weaponry, and even pirate’s booty!

Cannon
Cannon from the Whydah
Learning to tie knots
Learning to tie knots
Pirate booty
Pirate booty

The Big Back Yard is an outdoor exhibit which is open only in the summer. You can play mini-golf while learning how land and water affect each other and admiring the Science Museum’s native plant gardens. Our favorites though are the camera obscura, water table and sluice for panning for gems and fossils.

Camera obscura
Image as viewed in the camera obscura
Playing in the water table
Creating dams and deltas at the water table
Panning for gems
Panning for gems

 

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