Madison Road Trip

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Long Weekend

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, is a top go-to spot when visiting the Twin Cities. With floors of hands-on activities, the whole family can easily spend a day being amused. Areas include the human body, natural sciences, paleontology… Continue Reading →

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is likely the most ornate house in the midwest open to the public. The original owners, the Turnblad family, made their fortune with a Swedish language newspaper. The mansion has every feature de rigueur to the… Continue Reading →

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction/Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore

Unlike the neat and orderly Once Upon a Crime, Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore is more concerned about volume. They will have what you want, but it may take some digging. With every conceivable mystery and sci-fi title available (along with posters,… Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Crime

What better way to spend an hour or two than browsing a bookstore, especially if it is packed wall-to-wall with murder, mystery and deceit? Once Upon a Crime is a cozy bookstore that, despite its size, is loaded with excellent… Continue Reading →

Weisman Art Museum

Clinging to the banks of the Mississippi, the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum looks like it landed, rather than was built. One of famed architect Frank Gehry’s designs, the museum is a convoluted, twisting silver mass reminiscent of one of… Continue Reading →

Architectural Antiques

Housed in an old warehouse, Architectural Antiques hosts a vast array of salvaged architectural features. Many of the most graceful details on historic architecture end up in dumpsters – lighting fixtures, glass doorknobs, stained glass windows, wood paneling and more…. Continue Reading →

Bell Museum of Natural History

While modern museums with hands-on demos, touchpads of information and shiny new displays certainly have their appeal, there’s definitely something to be said for the traditional museum display. The Bell has all the appealing touches of an old science museum… Continue Reading →

Wild Rumpus Bookstore

The Wild Rumpus Bookstore in Minneapolis is a magical, addictive space. The books run from board books for infants to a vast array of YA literature. Every book a child (and adult) could desire is here – from the Little… Continue Reading →

Bakken Museum

Come for the architecture, stay for the electric shocks! No wait, maybe it’s the other way around? The Bakken Museum’s focus is on electricity, its history and properties. Founded by Earl Bakken, inventor of the first battery operated pace-maker, the… Continue Reading →

Spam Museum

What could be better than some spam? “Anything,” you may answer.  And you’re probably right. But that’s not going to stop you (and me!) from visiting the Spam Museum in Austin, MN. Wander in awe at the number of displays… Continue Reading →

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