Mississippi River Visitor Center

Saint Paul, MN

120 Kellogg Blvd West,
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Just inside the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the newly remodeled Mississippi River Visitor Center provides a gateway to national park adventures along the Mississippi River. Operated by the National Park Service and staffed by friendly rangers and volunteers, the Mississippi River Visitor Center is the perfect starting point to discover your river!

Virtual Canoe Paddle


Meet the Albert Gustaveson! This canoe was one of the first Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur canoes made by former WI staff member, Al Gustaveson. Thanks to Wilderness Inquiry’s generous donation, it is now a permanent exhibit of the Mississippi River Visitor Center, and allows visitors to explore several stretches of Mississippi National River and Recreation Area from the Science Museum lobby.

Postcards from the Park


Send your friends a funny postcard from the Mississippi River Visitor Center. Simply enter the photo booth, select your backdrop and props, and email or upload your postcard. With loads of backgrounds and fun props to pick from, you’ll be sure to delight them with your photos!

Barge Tie-Off


Experience what it would be like to work on a barge, and even learn the lingo! This exhibit allows you to try your hand at knot-tying with a very heavy rope and two real timberheads and a kevel bolted to the floor. Try it out on your own or let a ranger show you the ropes!

Fly Like An Eagle


Fly Like An Eagle is a motion-detection video game that gives visitors an aerial view of the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul and an opportunity to experience the river from a birds eye.  Spread your wings and fly over the mighty Mississippi to look for fish to bring to your darling eaglets! Alongside this fun, interactive game you’ll find more information about the bald eagles of Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.