Just inside the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the 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!
Postcard 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!
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
1 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The visitor center is only open during the summer season from Memorial Weekend to the end of September. Call 952-303-2706 for more information or 651-293-0200 during the off season or when this visitor center is closed.
The National Park Service began operating the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center in spring of 2016 to provide tours and interpretation to the public after the closure of the lock in 2015. During the summer, the visitor center is open 9:30 am to 5 pm daily, through Labor Day weekend. Tours of the lock wall happen daily at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.
The observation deck at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center provide spectacular views of the falls, the iconic Stone Arch Bridge, and the surrounding milling district of downtown Minneapolis. The visitor center features exhibits that provide information about the falls, locks and dams, and their place in our state's history. Come down to get to know the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, see panoramic views of St. Anthony Falls, take a guided tour out onto the lock wall, and learn how the falls changed the course of history of the area and the nation.
National Park Service rangers are available to answer questions, give tours, issue national park passes, and officiate junior rangers.