View of the Science Museum, St. Paul, 1938

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View of the Science Museum, St. Paul, 1938

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | January 11, 2018
old science museum building

The St. Paul Institute of Science and Letters was incorporated on this date in 1907, with Charles W. Ames as its first president. The institute's museum is first located in the Auditorium; then moved to the Merriam mansion on University Avenue; and now dwells in downtown St. Paul, known as the Science Museum of Minnesota. This photo is from 1938, when it was at the Merriam mansion.

See it in Collections Online.