All free museums and attractions to visit in Minnesota

If you are on a budget Minnesota (United States) still has a lot to offer for you culturally, including free museums, free activities and free attractions. 49 museums and attractions in Minnesota can be visited without charge.

Are you looking for free things to do in Minnesota? These are the best places to visit:

  1. Minneapolis Institute of Art1

    Minneapolis Institute of Art

    Minneapolis, MN
    The Minneapolis Institute of Art, established in 1883, is a significant art museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is one of the largest museums in the country, boasting a collection of over 100,000 objects that cover a historical period of 5,000 years. This vast collection offers visitors a chance to explore art from different eras and cultures, making it a fascinating destination for art enthusiasts.
  2. Weisman Art Museum2

    Weisman Art Museum

    Minneapolis, MN
    In 1993, the Weisman Art Museum moved to its current location, a building designed by the renowned Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry. The museum was renamed in honor of the art collector and philanthropist Frederick R. Weisman, marking a new chapter in its history.
  3. Como Park Zoo3

    Como Park Zoo

    St. Paul, MN
    The Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are situated in the heart of Como Park, at 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota. This location is easily accessible and offers a variety of attractions for visitors of all ages. The park, zoo, and conservatory are owned by the City of Saint Paul and are a division of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.
  4. Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center4

    Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

    Duluth, MN
    The Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center, located in Duluth, Minnesota, is a museum operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. This museum offers a unique insight into the maritime history of the region, with exhibits demonstrating the history and operations of upper Great Lakes commercial shipping.
  5. Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo5

    Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

    Byron, MN
    Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo are situated in Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States. They are located north of the city of Byron and approximately 4.5 miles west of Rochester. This location makes the park and zoo easily accessible for visitors from both cities and those traveling from further afield.
  6. Minnesota State School Orphanage Museum6

    Minnesota State School Orphanage Museum

    Owatonna, MN
    The Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children, located in Owatonna, Minnesota, served as a residential and educational facility for wards of the state from 1886 to 1945. The school was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1885 to provide safe transitional housing for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children. Over its 60-year operation, the school was home to a total of 10,635 children.
  7. Spam Museum7

    Spam Museum

    Austin, MN
    The Spam Museum, located in Austin, Minnesota, is a unique institution dedicated to the history and impact of Spam, a brand of canned precooked meat products. The museum is admission-free, making it an accessible destination for all visitors. It provides an in-depth look into the Hormel Foods Corporation, the creators of Spam, and the product's place in world culture.
  8. Charles a Weyerhaeuser Museum8

    Charles a Weyerhaeuser Museum

    Little Falls, MN
  9. Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum9

    Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum

    Dassel, MN
  10. Cahill School10

    Cahill School

    Edina, MN
    Cahill School, a one-room schoolhouse, is currently situated in Tupa Park, near Minnesota State Highway 100 and Eden Avenue in Edina, Minnesota, United States. This location is easily accessible and offers a unique glimpse into the educational history of the region.
  11. History Museum of East Otter Tail County11

    History Museum of East Otter Tail County

    Perham, MN
  12. Red Wing Marine Museum12

    Red Wing Marine Museum

    Red Wing, MN
  13. Etta C. Ross Memorial Library Museum13

    Etta C. Ross Memorial Library Museum

    Blue Earth, MN
  14. Pipestone National Monument - U.S. National Park Service14

    Pipestone National Monument - U.S. National Park Service

    Pipestone, MN
    Pipestone National Monument is situated in the southwestern region of Minnesota. It is conveniently accessible via several highways, including U.S. Route 75, Minnesota State Highway 23, and Minnesota State Highway 30. This makes it an easy destination to reach for those traveling by road.
  15. Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society15

    Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

    Excelsior, MN
  16. Swift County Historical Museum16

    Swift County Historical Museum

    Benson, MN
  17. Winnebago Area Museum17

    Winnebago Area Museum

    Winnebago, MN
  18. Martin County Historical Society18

    Martin County Historical Society

    Fairmont, MN
  19. Soo Line Depot Museum19

    Soo Line Depot Museum

    Crosby, MN
    The Crosby station, now known as the Soo Line Depot Museum, is a historic former train station located in Crosby, Minnesota. Established in 1910, the station has a rich history that reflects the growth and development of the region. Today, it serves as a museum, offering visitors a glimpse into the past.
  20. Polk County Historical Museum20

    Polk County Historical Museum

    Crookston, MN
  21. Kanabec History Center21

    Kanabec History Center

    Mora, MN
  22. Clearwater County- The History Center22

    Clearwater County- The History Center

    Shevlin, MN
  23. Cokato Museum23

    Cokato Museum

    Cokato, MN
    The Cokato Museum & Gust Akerlund Studio is a local history museum located in Cokato, Minnesota. The museum's focus is on the history of the city of Cokato and the surrounding townships of southwest Wright County. This provides visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the region's past.
  24. Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Cente24

    Grand Portage National Monument Heritage Cente

    Grand Portage, MN
  25. Cannon Falls Museum25

    Cannon Falls Museum

    Cannon Falls, MN
    The Firemen's Hall, located at 206 W. Mill St. in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, is a historic building that was constructed in 1888. It has been recognized for its historical significance and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This building is a testament to the town's history and resilience, having been built after two devastating fires in the town's business district.
  26. Finn Creek Open Air Museum26

    Finn Creek Open Air Museum

    Deer Creek, MN
  27. Warroad Heritage Center27

    Warroad Heritage Center

    Warroad, MN
  28. Todd County Historical Society28

    Todd County Historical Society

    Long Prairie, MN
  29. Wilkin County Historical Society29

    Wilkin County Historical Society

    Breckenridge, MN
  30. Sleepy Eye Depot Museum30

    Sleepy Eye Depot Museum

    Sleepy Eye, MN
  31. Harkin Store31

    Harkin Store

    New Ulm, MN
    Harkin's General Store stands as a testament to the once thriving town of West Newton in Nicollet County, Minnesota. As the only remaining structure of the town, it offers a unique glimpse into the past and the history of the area. Visitors can explore the store and get a sense of what life was like in the late 19th century.
  32. Goldstein Museum of Design32

    Goldstein Museum of Design

    Minneapolis, MN
    The Goldstein Museum of Design, also known as GMD, is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. It is an integral part of the university's College of Design. Founded in 1976, it is the only museum in the Upper Midwest that specializes in designed objects.
  33. Minnehaha Depot33

    Minnehaha Depot

    Minneapolis, MN
    The Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) is a unique institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It operates several heritage transportation sites across Minnesota and even one in Wisconsin. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of local transportation, including railroads, buses, and streetcars. It's a great place for tourists interested in transportation history to explore.
  34. Kittson County Historical Museum34

    Kittson County Historical Museum

    Lake Bronson, MN
  35. Heritage Village35

    Heritage Village

    East Grand Forks, MN
  36. Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum36

    Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

    Duluth, MN
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    Mississippi River Visitor Center

    St. Paul, MN
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    Watkins Heritage Museum

    Winona, MN
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    Edina Historical Society Museum

    Edina, MN
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    Cook County History Museum

    Grand Marais, MN
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    Minnesota's Machinery Museum

    Hanley Falls, MN
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    Hibbing Historical Society

    Hibbing, MN
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    Le Sueur County Historical Society

    Elysian, MN
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    Rollingstone-Luxembourg Heritage Museum

    Rollingstone, MN
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    Finland Minnesota Historical Society

    Finland, MN
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    Finn Creek Open Air Museum

    Deer Creek, MN
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    Murray County Historical Society

    Slayton, MN
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    Akeley Paul Bunyan Historical Museum

    Akeley, MN
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    Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

    Byron, MN

All museums in Minnesota