Mystery Photo #47: The Science Museum


The Science Museum of Minnesota moved out of the St. Paul Auditorium and into the Merriam Mansion on Capitol Hill in 1927. It remained there until 1964, when it moved into the St. Paul-Ramsey Arts and Sciences Center. The final move came in 1999, when a new facility opened adjacent to the Mississippi River.

So the photo above must be from some point between 1927 and 1964, and appears to be from the tail end of that time span. Because the image comes from a collection of Duluth photos, there might be a local connection. Maybe it’s simply from a Duluth family sightseeing in the Twin Cities, but it could also be a class trip. Who knows? That’s the mystery. Solve it if you can.

Additional historic photos of the Merriam Mansion below, just because they are cool.





Mark Nicklawske

about 6 years ago

The Merriam mansion site looks like this today.  Not really worthy of a tourist photo.


about 6 years ago

Hey Paul - can I repost these photos on a couple other sites (Science Museum of Minnesota and Old St. Paul minn Facebook pages)? Do you own the photos? From where do they originate?  Let me know. Thanks!

Paul Lundgren

about 6 years ago

The main image is from my wife's family collection. Feel free to use it as you see fit.

The bottom three are from Google searching "Merriam Mansion."  There's a pretty cool slideshow on the Forgotten Minnesota website: "Secret Ruins Give Clues to an Opulent Past."

Leave a Comment

Only registered members can post a comment , Login / Register Here

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!
Read previous post:
Urban Downhilling Duluth

Tearing up the streets of Duluth because who said mountain biking had to be done in the woods? Rider: Max...